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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-6310 Quad-Core Core i7-3612QM 4-Core 2.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 256% 10%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 379% 47%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 245% 6%
FIFA 21 233% 2%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 303% 24%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 453% 70%
Watch Dogs Legion 379% 47%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 303% 24%
Grand Theft Auto VI 485% 80%
Genshin Impact 169% 17%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-3612QM 4-Core 2.1GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A6-6310 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 A6-6310 Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i7-3612QM 4-Core, and so the APU A6-6310 Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-6310 Quad-Core and the Core i7-3612QM 4-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Core i7-3612QM 4-Core has 4 more threads than the APU A6-6310 Quad-Core. The APU A6-6310 Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-3612QM 4-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 A6-6310 Quad-Core and Core i7-3612QM 4-Core 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 i7-3612QM 4-Core has a 0.3 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 .

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 A6-6310 Quad-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-3612QM 4-Core, and although the APU A6-6310 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 A6-6310 Quad-Core has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-3612QM 4-Core. However, the Core i7-3612QM 4-Core was created with a 6 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A6-6310 Quad-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The APU A6-6310 Quad-Core and the Core i7-3612QM 4-Core 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 CodenameBeemaIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA769 (FT3)BGA 1224
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date29 Apr 201429 Apr 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs8
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.4 GHzvs3.1 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs35 W
Lithography28 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size192 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R4 6310Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency800 MHzvs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1350 MHz
DirectX11.2vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A6-6310 Quad-Core is a middle-class processor based on the 28nm, Beema microarchitecture.
It offers 4 Cores initially clocked at 1.8 GHz that go up to 2.4GHz, in Turbo Mode and has a power consumption of up to 15 Watt.
It also offers weak integrated graphics called Radeon R4 6310 which should only offer modest gaming 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.
Core i7-3612QM 4-Core 2.1GHz is an energy efficient mobile processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge microarchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 3.1GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates mildly powerful Integrated Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4000, with 16 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.