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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-1030G7 4-Core 800 MHz Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 57% 93%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 112% 160%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 53% 87%
FIFA 21 47% 81%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 78% 119%
Watch Dogs Legion 112% 160%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 145% 200%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 78% 119%
Grand Theft Auto VI 159% 218%
Genshin Impact 19% 46%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-1030G7 4-Core 800 MHz is significantly better than the Intel Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz 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 i5-1030G7 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core, and so the Core i5-1030G7 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-4550U 2-Core when running the latest games.

The Core i5-1030G7 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core. With 4 cores, the Core i5-1030G7 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i5-1030G7 4-Core has 4 more threads than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core. Both the Core i5-1030G7 4-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i5-1030G7 4-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core 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 i5-1030G7 4-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 Core i5-1030G7 4-Core has a 798.5 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 Core i5-1030G7 4-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 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 i5-1030G7 4-Core has a 6 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core, and was created with a 12 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-1030G7 4-Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i5-1030G7 4-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 Codename-Haswell
MoBo Socket-BGA 1168
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Mar 201902 Jun 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed800 GHzvs1.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.5 GHzvs3 GHz
Max TDP9 Wvs15 W
Lithography10 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs128 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs512 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris Plus Graphics G7 1050MHzIntel HD Graphics 5000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs200 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1050 MHzvs1100 MHz
DirectX12.1vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i5-1030G7 4-Core 800 MHz is a CPU based on a 10nm microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 800 MHz, which may go up to 3.50 GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i5-1030G7 has 6MB of L3 Cache.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.