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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz Pentium Dual Core 3560M 2.4GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 104% 167%
Red Dead Redemption 2 108% 173%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 78% 133%
Doom Eternal 98% 159%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 157% 237%
Grand Theft Auto VI 249% 357%
Need For Speed Heat 103% 166%
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem 82% 138%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 186% 274%
Planet Zoo 140% 215%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz is significantly better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3560M 2.4GHz 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 i5-5300U 2.3GHz was released less than a year after the Pentium Dual Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 i5-5300U 2.3GHz and the Pentium Dual Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz has 2 more threads than the Pentium Dual Core. The Pentium Dual Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 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 Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz and the Pentium Dual Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz has a 1 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 i5-5300U 2.3GHz has a 22 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 Intel HD Graphics 5500 Mobile, 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 CodenameBroadwellHaswell
MoBo SocketBGA 1168Socket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Mar 201514 Apr 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs2
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.9 GHzvs-
Max TDP15 Wvs37 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature105°Cvs134°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs2 MB
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 5500 Mobileno
Base GPU Frequency100 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency950 MHzvs-
DirectX11.2vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-5300U 2-Core 2.3GHz is a super energy efficient mobile processor based on the 14nm, Broadwell Microarchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.3GHz, which may go up to 2.9GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 5500, with ?? Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 950MHz, 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 15W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Pentium Dual Core 3560M 2.4GHz is a budget processor, part of the Haswell Refresh CPUs released in April of 2014.
Based on 22nm architecture, the Pentium Dual Core 3560M 2.4GHz has many of the Haswell features disabled, including Hyper and Multi Treading. The Processor should not consume more than 37 Watts.
This CPU is clocked at 2.4GHz and comes with a weak Intel HD (Haswell) mobile chip which raises to 1100MHz in Turbo Mode and will only be seen in smaller cheaper notebooks.
Its performance is average and will only provide modest gaming though most modern demanding games will run fluently.

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