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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Phenom 9750B Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 0% 143%
Call of Duty Warzone 13% 112%
Minecraft: Dungeons 0% 143%
Valorant 40% 46%
Grand Theft Auto VI 71% 315%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 26% 206%
Doom Eternal 40% 240%
Maneater 0% 143%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 58% 285%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2% 148%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom 9750B 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 i5-7500 3.4GHz was released over three years more recently than the Phenom 9750B Quad-Core, and so the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Phenom 9750B Quad-Core when running the latest games.

The Core i5-7500 3.4GHz and the Phenom 9750B Quad-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz and the AMD Phenom 9750B Quad-Core 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 Core i5-7500 3.4GHz and Phenom 9750B 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 i5-7500 3.4GHz has a 1 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 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 Phenom 9750B Quad-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz, but on the other hand, it is the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz that has a 4 MB bigger L3 cache than the Phenom 9750B Quad-Core. The L3 size of the Phenom 9750B Quad-Core is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz.

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 i5-7500 3.4GHz has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 9750B Quad-Core, and was created with a 51 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz 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 CodenameKaby Lake-SAgena
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date03 Jan 201715 Aug 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography14 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs4
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs4
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L3 Cache Size6 MBvs2 MB
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Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i5-7500 4-Core 3.4GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 7th Gen 14nm, Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.4GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz using Turbo Boost. It doesn't have an unlocked multiplier therefore it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 6MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 65W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Intel Enhanced Speedstep, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated. It integrates Intel HD Graphics 630 on board. It has a base frequency of 350MHz which can go up to 1GHz as well as offering DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.Phenom 9750B Quad-Core is a business-class processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.