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Game APU A8-7500 Quad-Core Core 2 Extreme QX6850 3.0GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 122% 131%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 65% 72%
Halo: Reach 8% 4%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 145% 156%
FIFA 20 59% 66%
Borderlands 3 122% 131%
Cyberpunk 2077 89% 97%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 122% 131%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 122% 131%
eFootball PES 2020 83% 90%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A8-7500 Quad-Core is very slightly better than the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 3.0GHz 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 A8-7500 Quad-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core 2 Extreme, and so the APU A8-7500 Quad-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core 2 Extreme when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The APU A8-7500 Quad-Core and the Core 2 Extreme both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD APU A8-7500 Quad-Core and the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 3.0GHz have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread 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 A8-7500 Quad-Core and Core 2 Extreme 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 A8-7500 Quad-Core and the Core 2 Extreme 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 Core 2 Extreme has a 4096 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU A8-7500 Quad-Core, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Core 2 Extreme wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 APU A8-7500 Quad-Core has a 65 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core 2 Extreme, and was created with a 37 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A8-7500 Quad-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaveriKentsfield
MoBo SocketSocket FM2+LGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Jun 201609 Apr 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
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Max TDP65 Wvs130 W
Lithography28 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature71°Cvs65°C
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A8-7500 Quad-Core is a performance CPU based on the 28nm, Steamroller architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to ???GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Radeon R7 7500, with ??? Shader Processing Units, clocked at ???MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

Core 2 Extreme QX6850 3.0GHz is a performance Processor based on the 65nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.0GHz and 8MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 130W.

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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