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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU FX-7600P Quad-Core Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 353% 213%
Doom Eternal 300% 176%
Call of Duty Warzone 149% 72%
Cyberpunk 2077 186% 97%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 34% 54%
Half-Life: Alyx 260% 149%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 214% 117%
Grand Theft Auto VI 388% 237%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 260% 149%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 229% 127%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz is massively better than the AMD APU FX-7600P 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 FX-7600P Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz, and so the APU FX-7600P Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU FX-7600P Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz. With 4 cores, the APU FX-7600P Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the AMD APU FX-7600P Quad-Core and the Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz have the same number of threads. The APU FX-7600P Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz 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 FX-7600P Quad-Core and Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz 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 APU FX-7600P Quad-Core has a 0.1 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 FX-7600P Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz, and although the APU FX-7600P 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.

Both the APU FX-7600P Quad-Core and the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz have the same TDP of 35 Watts, but the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The APU FX-7600P Quad-Core and the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz 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)BGA 1023
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Jun 201420 Jan 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.7 GHzvs2.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.6 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography28 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature105°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs25.6 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R7 7600PIntel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency-vs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1350 MHz
DirectX-vs11
Displays Supported-vs3
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs37.5 X 37.5
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs3
PCIe Configurations-vs3

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU FX-7600P Quad-Core is a middle-class mobile CPU based on the 28nm, Steamroller architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.7GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Radeon R7 7600P, with 512 Shader Processing Units, initially clocked at 600MHz (up to 686MHz 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.

Benchmarks indicate its performance is just about as good as Intel's Core i5 Ultra-Low Voltage Processors.
Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.6GHz, which may go up to 3.2GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked.

The processor integrates mildly powerful 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.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementIntel Quick Sync Video
AMDBusiness ClassIntel InTru 3D
AMD Black EditionIntel Insider
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options