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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz APU A10-5750M Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 75% 167%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 135% 260%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 69% 159%
FIFA 21 63% 150%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 98% 203%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 172% 316%
Watch Dogs Legion 135% 260%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 98% 203%
Grand Theft Auto VI 187% 339%
Genshin Impact 32% 102%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A10-5750M 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 Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz was released over a year more recently than the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core, and so the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A10-5750M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the Intel Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz and the AMD APU A10-5750M Quad-Core have the same number of threads. The APU A10-5750M Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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 i5-6260U 1.8GHz and APU A10-5750M Quad-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 APU A10-5750M Quad-Core has a 0.7 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 A10-5750M 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 A10-5750M Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz, and although the APU A10-5750M 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.

The Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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 i5-6260U 1.8GHz and the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core 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-HRichland
MoBo SocketBGA 1356Socket FS1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Sep 201512 Mar 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.9 GHzvs3.5 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs4096 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris i5 6260URadeon HD 8650G
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs533 MHz
Max GPU Frequency950 MHzvs720 MHz
DirectX12.0vs11.1
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i5-6260U 1.8GHz is a Super Energy Efficient, Performance Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.8GHz, which may go up to 2.9GHz 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 i5 6260U, with 48 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L Caches and System RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 15W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
APU A10-5750M Quad-Core is a high-end mobile processor based on the 32nm, Richland micro-architecture.
It offers 4 Cores, initially clocked at 2.5GHz that go up to 3.5GHz, in Turbo Mode and 4MB of L2 Cache. It features integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8650G which offer 384 Shader Processing Units and perform substantially better than Radeon HD 7660G. The max memory speed supported by the CPU is DDR3-1866. It consumes up to 35 Watt.
Expect a 10% performance boost when compared to its predecessor (A10-4600M). This CPU is still a bottleneck for high-end GPUs such as Radeon HD 7970M/GeForce GTX 680M and should only be paired with performance GPUs - Radeon HD 7850M/GeForce GTX 660M.