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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A8-7100 Quad-Core Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 320% 284%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 212% 185%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 320% 284%
Cyberpunk 2077 257% 226%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 357% 317%
Borderlands 3 320% 284%
The Outer Worlds 268% 236%
FIFA 20 201% 175%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 131% 111%
eFootball PES 2020 246% 216%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz is very slightly better than the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The APU A8-7100 Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz, and so the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A8-7100 Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The APU A8-7100 Quad-Core and Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz has a 0.6 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The APU A8-7100 Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz, and although the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The APU A8-7100 Quad-Core has a 15 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz. However, the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz was created with a 6 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The APU A8-7100 Quad-Core and the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaveriIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA (FP3)rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Jun 201424 Jun 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency3 GHzvs-
Max TDP20 Wvs35 W
Lithography28 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature102°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R5 7100Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency514 MHzvs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1350 MHz
DirectX11.2vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A8-7100 Quad-Core is an ULV processor based on the 28nm, Kaveri microarchitecture.
It offers 4 Cores initially clocked at 1.8 GHz that go up to 3.0GHz, in Turbo Mode and has a power consumption of up to 20 Watts.
It also offers decent integrated graphics called Radeon R5 7100 which should offer modest gaming performance below 720p.
The APU's performance proves to be very modest thus, the processor should only be paired with up to mainstream Graphics Cards, such as GeForce 830M.
Ivy Bridge is the codename for Intel's 22 nm die shrink of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture based on tri-gate ("3D") transistors. Ivy Bridge processors will be backwards-compatible with the Sandy Bridge platform, but might require a firmware update (vendor specific). Intel has released new 7-series Panther Point chipsets with integrated USB 3.0 to complement Ivy Bridge.Intel announced that volume production of Ivy Bridge chips began in the third quarter of 2011. Quad-core and dual-core-mobile models launched on April 29, 2012 and May 31, 2012 respectively. Meanwhile, Core i3 desktop processors are said to arrive in the third quarter of 2012.

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