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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Phenom II X3 B77 Core i5-4690 3.5GHz
Halo: Reach 12% 53%
Cyberpunk 2077 131% 3%
Red Dead Redemption 2 172% 14%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 105% 14%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 101% 15%
Doom Eternal 124% 6%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 196% 24%
Grand Theft Auto VI 269% 55%
FIFA 20 94% 18%
Need For Speed Heat 130% 3%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom II X3 B77 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 i5-4690 3.5GHz was released less than a year after the Phenom II X3, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has 1 more core than the Phenom II X3. With 4 cores, the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has 1 more threads than the Phenom II X3. Both CPUs have one thread 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 Phenom II X3 and Core i5-4690 3.5GHz 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 i5-4690 3.5GHz has a 0.3 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. 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 Phenom II X3 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Phenom II X3 wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 i5-4690 3.5GHz has a 11 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom II X3, and was created with a 23 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz 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 Core i5-4690 3.5GHz 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 Phenom II X3, 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 Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop, 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 CodenameHekaHaswell
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+ / AM3LGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201014 May 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores3vs4
CPU Threads3vs4
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs3.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.9 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs84 W
Lithography45 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature73°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1536 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency-vs400 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1250 MHz
DirectX-vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom II X3 B77 is a business-class processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), clocked at 3.2GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 3.9GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization 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 1200MHz, 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 84W.

Compared to Core i5-4670K there's an overall 3% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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