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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-6650U 2-Core 2.2GHz Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 102% 140%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50% 78%
Halo: Reach 16% 1%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 123% 165%
FIFA 20 45% 72%
Borderlands 3 102% 140%
Cyberpunk 2077 72% 104%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 102% 140%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 102% 140%
eFootball PES 2020 66% 98%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-6650U 2-Core 2.2GHz is significantly better than the Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 i7-6650U 2-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 Core i7-6650U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 i7-6650U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the Intel Core i7-6650U 2-Core 2.2GHz and the Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Core i7-6650U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz use hyperthreading. The Core i7-6650U 2-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz has 2.

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 i7-6650U 2-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 0.1 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 i7-6650U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i7-6650U 2-Core has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz.

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 Core i7-6650U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz have the same TDP of 15 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Core i7-6650U 2-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 CodenameSkylake-UBroadwell
MoBo SocketBGABGA 1168
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Sep 201501 Mar 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.4 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs15 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris i7 6650UIntel HD Graphics 5500 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs100 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1050 MHzvs950 MHz
DirectX12.0vs11.2
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-6650U 2-Core 2.2GHz is a Super Efficient, High-End Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.2GHz, which may go up to 3.4GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated.

The Processor Integrates Very Powerful Graphics called Intel Iris i7 6650U, with 48 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, 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.
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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