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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A10-8700P Quad-Core Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 186% 104%
Red Dead Redemption 2 191% 108%
Doom Eternal 177% 98%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 260% 157%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 214% 124%
Need For Speed Heat 184% 103%
Grand Theft Auto VI 388% 249%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 300% 186%
Star Citizen 177% 98%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 353% 223%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A10-8700P 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 A10-8700P Quad-Core was released less than a year after the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A10-8700P Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A10-8700P 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 A10-8700P Quad-Core and the Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz have the same number of threads. The APU A10-8700P Quad-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 APU A10-8700P Quad-Core and Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 i5-5300U 2.3GHz has a 0.5 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 APU A10-8700P Quad-Core.

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 A10-8700P Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz, and although the APU A10-8700P 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 A10-8700P Quad-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz have the same TDP of 15 Watts, but the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The APU A10-8700P Quad-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 CodenameCarrizoBroadwell
MoBo SocketBGA (FP4)BGA 1168
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date02 Jun 201501 Mar 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.2 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs15 W
Lithography28 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size320 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R6 8700PIntel HD Graphics 5500 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency800 MHzvs100 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs950 MHz
DirectX12.0vs11.2
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A10-8700P Quad-Core is a Performance Mobile Processor based on the 28nm, Excavator Microarchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.8GHz, which may go up to 3.2GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Radeon R6 8700P, with 6 Compute Units, clocked at 800MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 15W.

Core 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.

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