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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A8-7410 Quad-Core Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 222% 93%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 333% 160%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 212% 87%
FIFA 21 201% 81%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 264% 119%
Watch Dogs Legion 333% 160%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 400% 200%
Grand Theft Auto VI 429% 218%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 264% 119%
Genshin Impact 144% 46%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A8-7410 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 A8-7410 Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core, and so the APU A8-7410 Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A8-7410 Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core. With 4 cores, the APU A8-7410 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 A8-7410 Quad-Core and the Intel Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz have the same number of threads. The APU A8-7410 Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-4550U 2-Core 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 A8-7410 Quad-Core and Core i7-4550U 2-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 A8-7410 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 probably a good indicator that the APU A8-7410 Quad-Core 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 APU A8-7410 Quad-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core, and although the APU A8-7410 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 A8-7410 Quad-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core have the same TDP of 15 Watts, but the Core i7-4550U 2-Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The APU A8-7410 Quad-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-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 CodenameCarrizo-LHaswell
MoBo SocketBGA769 (FT3b)BGA 1168
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date06 May 201502 Jun 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs1.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.5 GHzvs3 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs15 W
Lithography28 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R5 7410Intel HD Graphics 5000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency847 MHzvs200 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1100 MHz
DirectX12.0vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A8-7410 Quad-Core is a Middle-Class Mobile Processor based on the 28nm, Puma+ MicroArchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.2GHz, which may go up to 2.5GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated.

The Processor Integrates Relatively Graphics called Radeon R5 7410, with 128 Shader Processing Units clocked at 847MHz, 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.
Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz is a super energy efficient mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell microarchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.5GHz, which may go up to 3.0GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates quite powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 5000, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 200MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, 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 offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.