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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-M380 2.53GHz Core i5-430M 2.26GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 321% 171%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 467% 265%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 308% 163%
Watch Dogs Legion 467% 265%
FIFA 21 294% 154%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 377% 207%
Godfall 713% 423%
Grand Theft Auto VI 592% 346%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 555% 321%
Genshin Impact 219% 105%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-430M 2.26GHz is significantly better than the Intel Core i3-M380 2.53GHz 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-M380 2.53GHz was released less than a year after the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i3-M380 2.53GHz and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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-M380 2.53GHz and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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-M380 2.53GHz and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.27 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i3-M380 2.53GHz manages to provide slightly better performance than the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz.

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-M380 2.53GHz and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, we have to look back to the clock rate, where the Core i3-M380 2.53GHz wins out.

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-M380 2.53GHz and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 32 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 Core i3-M380 2.53GHz, 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 i5 M430, 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 CodenameArrandaleArrandale
MoBo SocketrPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date26 Sep 201007 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed2.53 GHzvs2.26 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.53 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsnoHD i5 M430
Base GPU Frequency-vs500 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs10
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3 was intended to be the new low end of the performance processor line from Intel, following the retirement of the Core 2 brand.
The first Core i3 processors were launched on January 7, 2010.
The first Nehalem based Core i3 was Clarkdale-based, with an integrated GPU and two cores.[20] The same processor is also available as Core i5 and Pentium, with slightly different configurations.
The Core i3-3xxM processors are based on Arrandale, the mobile version of the Clarkdale desktop processor. They are similar to the Core i5-4xx series but running at lower clock speeds and without Turbo Boost.
Core i5-430M 2.26GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.26GHz, which may go up to 2.53GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel i5 430M, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 500MHz which go up to 766MHz, in Turbo Mode and share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.