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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-3320M Dual-Core Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 605% 25%
Hitman 3 849% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 849% 68%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 583% 21%
FIFA 21 559% 17%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1058% 105%
Far Cry 6 1012% 97%
Genshin Impact 433% 5%
Battlefield 6 886% 75%
Resident Evil 8 682% 39%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core was released less than a year after the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i7-2630QM 4-Core has 2 more cores than the APU A4-3320M 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, and although the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the APU A4-3320M Dual-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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and the Core i7-2630QM 4-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 CodenameLlanoSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket FS1rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Dec 201109 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads-vs8
Clock Speed2 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.9 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs45 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6480GHD i7 2630QM
Base GPU Frequency444 MHzvs650 MHz
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DirectX11vs10.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe so-called AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) has a 32nm manufacturing process and can take care of a long-battery-life. It doesn't only have the (standard) virtualization technology feature (for improvements in virtualization software like Virtual PC 2007), but also has virus protection that prevents bits, which represent malicious code, getting executed in program data memory. Moreover it includes the integrated Radeon HD 6480G GPU that runs at a core clock of 444 MHz and has 240 shader units; a nice on-chip peripheral! Talking about memory support: I'm sure we still don't need RAM with a higher data rate than 1333 MT/s in games these days (1600 Mt/s might give a little frame rate increase in some cases) and let DDR3 1333 be the max. support of this, I would say, average mobile CPU. You can make a nice setup with it!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.