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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-10210U 4-Core 1.60GHz Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 27% 75%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 71% 135%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 23% 69%
Watch Dogs Legion 71% 135%
FIFA 21 19% 63%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 44% 98%
Godfall 145% 237%
Grand Theft Auto VI 108% 187%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 97% 172%
Genshin Impact 4% 32%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-10210U 4-Core 1.60GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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 i5-10210U 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz, and so the Core i5-10210U 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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 Core i5-10210U 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz. With 4 cores, the Core i5-10210U 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i5-10210U 4-Core has 4 more threads than the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz. Both the Core i5-10210U 4-Core and the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz use hyperthreading. The Core i5-10210U 4-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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 i5-10210U 4-Core and Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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 i5-6260U 1.8GHz has a 0.2 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 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 i5-10210U 4-Core and the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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 i5-10210U 4-Core and the Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz 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-Skylake-H
MoBo SocketFCBGA1528BGA 1356
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Mar 201901 Sep 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed1.6 GHzvs1.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs15 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 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-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630Iris i5 6260U
Base GPU Frequency-vs300 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs950 MHz
DirectX-vs12.0
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i5-10210U 4-Core 1.60GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 1.60 GHz, which may go up to 4.20 GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i5-10210U has 6MB of L3 Cache.Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz is a Super Energy Efficient, Performance Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.8GHz, which may go up to 2.9GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated.

The Processor Integrates Very Powerful Graphics called Intel Iris i5 6260U, with 48 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L Caches 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.