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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 7 4700U 8-Core 2.0GHz Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 21% 25%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 7% 68%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 23% 21%
Hitman 3 7% 68%
Grand Theft Auto VI 31% 105%
FIFA 21 26% 17%
Far Cry 6 25% 97%
Genshin Impact 40% 5%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 23% 94%
Watch Dogs Legion 7% 68%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8-Core 2.0GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz 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 Ryzen 7 4700U was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, and so the Ryzen 7 4700U is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 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 Ryzen 7 4700U has 4 more cores than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen 7 4700U, it would seem to be a decent choice.

Both the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8-Core 2.0GHz and the Intel Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz have the same number of threads. The Ryzen 7 4700U has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-2630QM 4-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 Ryzen 7 4700U and Core i7-2630QM 4-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 Ryzen 7 4700U and the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 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 Ryzen 7 4700U has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 Ryzen 7 4700U has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, and was created with a 25 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 7 4700U 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).

The Core i7-2630QM 4-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Ryzen 7 4700U, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the HD i7 2630QM, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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 CodenameRenoirSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketNot surerPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Mar 202009 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs4
CPU Threads8vs8
Clock Speed2 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.1 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs45 W
Lithography7 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature105°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i7 2630QM
Base GPU Frequency-vs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs10.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8-Core 2.0GHz is a mid to high-tier notebook APU based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (8 logical), clocked at 2.0 GHz base clock speed and 4.1 GHz boost clock speed. It has a locked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 8MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. It also has 4MB L2 Cache and 512KB L1 Cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8-Core 2.0GHz has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 15W, making it a low-end, power-efficient CPU that should extend laptop battery life. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It features an integrated Vega 7 GPU with 7 Execution units, 488 Shaders, and a maximum clock speed of 1,600MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that can run less demanding eSports titles at 1080p.Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz is a high-end mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.0GHz, which may go up to 2.9GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates relatively weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 2630QM, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz 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 45W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.