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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Skylake-Y Richland
MoBo Socket BGA 1515 Socket FS1
Notebook CPU yes yes
Release Date 01 Sep 2015 12 Mar 2013
CPU Link GD Link GD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores 2 4
CPU Threads 4 4
Clock Speed 0.9 GHz 2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency 2.2GHz 3.5 GHz
Max TDP 5 W 35 W
Lithography 14 nm 32 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit 64 Bit
Max Temperature 100°C 105°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB -
L2 Cache Size 512 KB 4096 KB
L2 Cache Speed - -
L3 Cache Size 4 MB -
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 16 GB -
Memory Channels 2 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Core M3-6Y30 is an Ultra Low Voltage, Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm Skylake MicroArchitecture. It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), Initially Clocked at 0.9GHz that go up to 2.2GHz, in Turbo Mode and 4MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated. The Processor Integrates Mildly Powerful Graphics called Intel HD M3-6Y30, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 850MHz, 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 4.5W. 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.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A10-5750M Quad-Core is marginally better than the Intel Core M3-6Y30 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.

Both the Core M3-6Y30 and the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 4 has 2 more cores than the Core M3-6Y30. { With 4 cores, the 4 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the Intel Core M3-6Y30 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 $strippedName1 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 M3-6Y30 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 1.6 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 probably a good indicator that the 4 is superior.

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 <span class='gpu2Mention'>APU A10-5750M Quad-Core</span> has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Core M3-6Y30</span>, 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.