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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core 3805U 1.9GHz Core i5-430M 2.26GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 335% 171%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 485% 265%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 321% 163%
Watch Dogs Legion 485% 265%
FIFA 21 306% 154%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 392% 207%
Godfall 739% 423%
Grand Theft Auto VI 614% 346%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 576% 321%
Genshin Impact 229% 105%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-430M 2.26GHz is massively better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3805U 1.9GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz, and so the Pentium Dual Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz when running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Core i5-430M 2.26GHz has 2 more threads than the Pentium Dual Core. The Pentium Dual Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core and Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 i5-430M 2.26GHz has a 0.36 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 Pentium Dual Core and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Pentium Dual Core has a 2045 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz.

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 Pentium Dual Core has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium Dual Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 i5 M430, 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 CodenameBroadwellArrandale
MoBo SocketNot sureBGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Jan 201507 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed1.9 GHzvs2.26 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.53 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature105°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2048 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i5 M430
Base GPU Frequency-vs500 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs10
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Pentium 3805U is a low performance, budget mobile chip based on the 14nm Broadwell architecture. It is not yet available as it's due for release in early 2015. It sports 2 physical cores and 2 threads, as Intel's HyperThreading technology is not enabled. It is clocked at 1.90GHz and does not have a Turbo boost mode. It's L1, L2 and L3 cache are of 128 KB, 512 KB and 2 MB respectively. It integrates a weak iGPU, the Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell) and has a TDP of 15W. Core i5-430M 2.26GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.26GHz, which may go up to 2.53GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel i5 430M, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 500MHz which go up to 766MHz, in Turbo Mode and 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.