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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-4360 3.7GHz Pentium G860T 2.6GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 148%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 90% 234%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 37% 140%
Watch Dogs Legion 90% 234%
FIFA 21 32% 132%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 60% 181%
Godfall 173% 379%
Grand Theft Auto VI 132% 307%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 120% 285%
Genshin Impact 7% 88%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz is massively better than the Intel Pentium G860T 2.6GHz 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 i3-4360 3.7GHz was released over a year more recently than the Pentium G860T 2.6GHz, and so the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and the Pentium G860T 2.6GHz 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 i3-4360 3.7GHz and the Pentium G860T 2.6GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Core i3-4360 3.7GHz has 2 more threads than the Pentium G860T 2.6GHz. The Pentium G860T 2.6GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

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 i3-4360 3.7GHz and Pentium G860T 2.6GHz 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 i3-4360 3.7GHz has a 1.1 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 probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 i3-4360 3.7GHz and the Pentium G860T 2.6GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Pentium G860T 2.6GHz.

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 Pentium G860T 2.6GHz has a 19 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz. However, the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and the Pentium G860T 2.6GHz 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 CodenameHaswellSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketLGA 1150LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 May 201402 Sep 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs2
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs2.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP54 Wvs35 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs65°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 DesktopIntel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge)
Base GPU Frequency400 MHzvs850 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1250 MHzvs1300 MHz
DirectX11.1vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i3-4360 3.7GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.7GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and HyperThreading are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, 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 54W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Pentium G860T 2.6GHz is an energy efficient budget processor based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.6GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Bay Trail), with 6 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 35W.

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