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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz APU A10-8700P Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 75% 157%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 135% 246%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 69% 149%
FIFA 21 63% 141%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 98% 191%
Watch Dogs Legion 135% 246%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 172% 300%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 98% 191%
Grand Theft Auto VI 187% 323%
Genshin Impact 32% 95%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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 Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz was released less than a year after the APU A10-8700P Quad-Core, 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 i5-6260U 1.8GHz. 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 Intel Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz and the AMD APU A10-8700P Quad-Core have the same number of threads. The APU A10-8700P 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 A10-8700P 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 Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz and the APU A10-8700P Quad-Core both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. 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 APU A10-8700P Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz, 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 Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz and the APU A10-8700P Quad-Core have the same TDP of 15 Watts, but the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz and the APU A10-8700P 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-HCarrizo
MoBo SocketBGA 1356BGA (FP4)
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Sep 201502 Jun 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs1.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.9 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs15 W
Lithography14 nmvs28 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs90°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs320 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris i5 6260URadeon R6 8700P
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs800 MHz
Max GPU Frequency950 MHzvs-
Displays Supported-vs-

CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

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 A10-8700P 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.