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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A10-7870K Quad-Core Core i5-650 3.2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 45% 103%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 96% 174%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 41% 97%
Grand Theft Auto VI 139% 234%
FIFA 21 36% 90%
Genshin Impact 10% 54%
Far Cry 6 129% 221%
Hitman 3 96% 174%
Watch Dogs Legion 96% 174%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 126% 216%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A10-7870K Quad-Core is massively better than the Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz 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 A10-7870K Quad-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i5-650 3.2GHz, and so the APU A10-7870K Quad-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i5-650 3.2GHz when running the latest games.

The APU A10-7870K Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-650 3.2GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A10-7870K Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the AMD APU A10-7870K Quad-Core and the Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz have the same number of threads. The APU A10-7870K Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-650 3.2GHz 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 APU A10-7870K Quad-Core and Core i5-650 3.2GHz 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 A10-7870K Quad-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 APU A10-7870K Quad-Core.

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 A10-7870K Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-650 3.2GHz, and although the APU A10-7870K Quad-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 i5-650 3.2GHz has a 22 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A10-7870K Quad-Core. However, the APU A10-7870K Quad-Core was created with a 4 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i5-650 3.2GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

The APU A10-7870K Quad-Core and the Core i5-650 3.2GHz 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 CodenameGodavariClarkdale
MoBo SocketSocket FM2+LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date28 May 201507 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.9 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.1 GHzvs3.46 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs73 W
Lithography28 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature72°Cvs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R7 7870KHD i5 650
Base GPU Frequency866 MHzvs733 MHz
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DirectX11.2vs10
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A10-7870K Quad-Core is a performance CPU based on the 28nm, Steamroller architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.9GHz, which may go up to 4.1GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the processor has the clock multiplier unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor integrates very powerful Graphics called Radeon R7 7870K, with 512 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 856MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Core i5-650 3.2GHz is a performance CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.46GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel i5 650, with XX Execution Units, clocked at 733MHz which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 73W.

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