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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core 2.8GHz Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 17%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 7% 12%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 23% 19%
FIFA 21 25% 22%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 10% 6%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 24% 29%
Watch Dogs Legion 7% 12%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 14% 11%
Grand Theft Auto VI 31% 37%
Genshin Impact 40% 37%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core 2.8GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz 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 i7-4980HQ 4-Core was released less than a year after the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core 2.8GHz and the Intel Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core has 2.

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 i7-4980HQ 4-Core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. That isn't particularly helpful, however, as the Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core provide identical clock rates and thus extremely similar performance.

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 i7-4980HQ 4-Core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, the two CPUs are practically identical.

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 i7-4980HQ 4-Core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core have the same TDP of 47 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 22 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core and the Core i7-4810MQ 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 CodenameHaswellHaswell
MoBo SocketBGA 1364Socket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date22 Jul 201419 Jan 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs8
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Max TDP47 Wvs47 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris Pro Graphics 5200 MobileIntel HD Graphics 4600 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency200 MHzvs200 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1300 MHzvs1350 MHz
DirectX11.1vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-4980HQ 4-Core 2.8GHz is a high-end mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell microarchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very powerful Graphics called Iris Pro Graphics 5200, with 40 Execution Units, initially clocked at 200MHz and that go up to 1300MHz, in Turbo Mode, share the L2 Cache of the processor and have dedicated eDRAM of up to 128MB.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 47W.

Its performance is exceptional. Therefore, it can be paired with even the most powerful dedicated graphics.
Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz is a high-end mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell microarchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 400MHz and that go up to 1300MHz, 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 57W.

Its performance is exceptional. Therefore, it can be paired with even the most powerful dedicated graphics.