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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520
Hitman 3 68% 791%
Cyberpunk 2077 25% 562%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 68% 791%
Resident Evil 8 39% 635%
FIFA 21 17% 519%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 988%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 21% 542%
Genshin Impact 5% 401%
Far Cry 6 97% 945%
The Medium 114% 1036%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz is massively better than the AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 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 i7-2630QM 4-Core was released over a year more recently than the Turion II Dual-Core, and so the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i7-2630QM 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Turion II Dual-Core. With 4 cores, the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 i7-2630QM 4-Core and Turion II Dual-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 Turion II Dual-Core has a 0.3 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 i7-2630QM 4-Core and the Turion II Dual-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Turion II Dual-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core definitely wins out in this area.

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 Turion II Dual-Core has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core. However, the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

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 Turion II Dual-Core, 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 CodenameSandy BridgeCaspian
MoBo SocketrPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2Socket S1g3
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date09 Jan 201110 Sep 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads8vs-
Clock Speed2 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.9 GHzvs-
Max TDP45 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs-
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i7 2630QMno
Base GPU Frequency650 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX10.1vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore 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.
Turion II is identical to Turion II Ultra, except that the Turion II features only 2 MB of L2 cache (1 MB per core), and higher clock speeds ranging from 2.3 GHz to 2.7 GHz.