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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core M 5Y10 Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 275% 360%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 405% 519%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 264% 345%
FIFA 21 251% 330%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 325% 421%
Watch Dogs Legion 405% 519%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 483% 615%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 325% 421%
Grand Theft Auto VI 517% 655%
Genshin Impact 184% 248%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core M 5Y10 is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz 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 Core M 5Y10 was released over three years more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Core M 5Y10 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium Dual Core when running the latest games.

The Core M 5Y10 and the Pentium Dual Core both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Core M 5Y10 and the Pentium Dual Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 Core M 5Y10 and Pentium Dual 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 1.3 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 probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 Core M 5Y10 and the Pentium Dual Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core M 5Y10 has a 2 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Pentium Dual Core.

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 Core M 5Y10 has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core M 5Y10 will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core M 5Y10 has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Pentium Dual Core, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the HD M-5Y10, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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 CodenameBroadwellSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA 1234rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date05 Sep 201415 May 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed0.8 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency2 GHzvs-
Max TDP5 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature95°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs2 MB
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD M-5Y10no
Base GPU Frequency100 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency800 MHzvs-
DirectX12.0vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore M 5Y10 is an Ultra Low Voltage, Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm Broadwell MicroArchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), Initially Clocked at 0.8GHz that go up to 2.0GHz, in Turbo Mode and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The Processor Integrates Mildly Powerful Graphics called Intel HD M-5Y10, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 100MHz and that go up to 800MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L Caches and System RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 4.5W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.
Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz is an entry-level CPU part of the Pentium Dual Core Series release by Intel.
It's based on the Sandy Bridge architecture but many of the special technologies are deactivated and has 2 cores, whereas each core only has one thread.
The performance is average and enough to play Very Demanding games smoothly, at least with medium detail.