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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-3320M Dual-Core Core i3-2357M 1.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 605% 435%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 849% 620%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 583% 418%
FIFA 21 559% 400%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 698% 506%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 657% 475%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 995% 732%
Watch Dogs Legion 849% 620%
Genshin Impact 433% 305%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1058% 779%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-2357M 1.3GHz is noticeably 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 i3-2357M 1.3GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and the Core i3-2357M 1.3GHz 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and the Core i3-2357M 1.3GHz 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and Core i3-2357M 1.3GHz 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 has a 0.7 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

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 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-2357M 1.3GHz, 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 Core i3-2357M 1.3GHz has a 18 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i3-2357M 1.3GHz 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 i3-2357M 1.3GHz 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 201119 Jun 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2 GHzvs1.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP35 Wvs17 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6480GIntel HD Graphics 3000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency444 MHzvs350 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11vs10.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Revision-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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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!The 2nd gen Intel® Core™ mobile processor family delivers a visibly smarter PC experience. Whether you use your PC for digital media, gaming, play, or everyday tasks, these new processors deliver even more performance automatically when you need it and now offer a better visual PC experience built-in. The 2nd gen Intel Core mobile processors make it easier for you to design, edit, play, share, and enjoy—smarter than ever before. With Intel® Turbo Boost Technology1 2.0 the processor intelligently increases your PC’s speed when you need it. The 2nd gen Intel Core mobile processor family also includes built-in visuals, a rich set of new features for a stunning and seamless visual PC experience with no additional hardware required. Also featured is Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology2, which enables each processor core to work on two tasks at the same time, delivering the smart multitasking performance you need to move between applications quickly. That’s visibly smart performance with a boost