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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-8130U 2-Core 2.2GHz Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 67% 104%
Red Dead Redemption 2 70% 108%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 46% 78%
Doom Eternal 62% 98%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 111% 157%
Need For Speed Heat 66% 103%
Grand Theft Auto VI 186% 249%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 134% 186%
BeamNG.drive 1% 23%
Star Citizen 62% 98%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-8130U 2-Core 2.2GHz is significantly better than the Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 i3-8130U 2-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz, and so the Core i3-8130U 2-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz when running the latest games.

The Core i3-8130U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Core i3-8130U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the Intel Core i3-8130U 2-Core 2.2GHz and the Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Core i3-8130U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz use hyperthreading. The Core i3-8130U 2-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz has 2.

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 i3-8130U 2-Core and Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 i5-5300U 2.3GHz has a 0.1 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. 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 i3-8130U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-8130U 2-Core has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz.

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 i3-8130U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz have the same TDP of 15 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Core i3-8130U 2-Core and the Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz 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 CodenameKaby LakeBroadwell
MoBo SocketFC-BGA1356BGA 1168
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Mar 201801 Mar 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.4 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs15 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature125°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630Intel HD Graphics 5500 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency-vs100 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs950 MHz
DirectX-vs11.2
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size42mm X 24mmvs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-8130U 2-Core 2.2GHz is a mid-range laptop CPU based on an enhanced version of Intel's 7th Gen 14nm Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 2.2GHz, rising to 3.4GHz with Boost Clock enabled. It doesn't have an unlocked multiplier therefore it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 4MB 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 32GB. It has a configurable Thermal Power Design, ranging from just 10W at 800MHz upto 25W for 1.8 GHz. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features are Intel Enhanced Speed Shift, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 20, and Virtualization Technology. It integrates Intel UHD Graphics 620 on board. It has a base frequency of 300MHz which can go up to 1GHz as well as offering DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer below average computational performance and may suffer from performance dips in more demanding applications such as the latest AAA titles.Core i7-5300U 2-Core 2.3GHz is a super energy efficient mobile processor based on the 14nm, Broadwell Microarchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.3GHz, which may go up to 2.9GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 5500, with ?? Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 950MHz, 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 is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.

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