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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 54%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 8% 107%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 5% 101%
Genshin Impact 39% 17%
eFootball PES 2021 13% 66%
Marvel's Avengers 5% 101%
Watch Dogs Legion 8% 107%
FIFA 21 25% 44%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 13% 66%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 9% 75%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz 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 i7-6920HQ 4-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz, and so the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 i7-6920HQ 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz. With 4 cores, the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core has 4 more threads than the Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz. Both the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core and the Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz use hyperthreading. The Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz 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 i7-6920HQ 4-Core and Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz 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 i7-6920HQ 4-Core has a 0.2 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 Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 i5-4310M 2.7GHz has a 8 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core. However, the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core and the Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz 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 CodenameSkylake-HHaswell
MoBo SocketBGASocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Sep 201519 Jan 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs2.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Max TDP45 Wvs37 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i7 6920HQIntel HD Graphics 4600 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs200 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1050 MHzvs1350 MHz
DirectX12.0vs11.1
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz is a High-End Mobile Processor based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.9GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates Powerful Graphics called Intel HD i7 6920HQ, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, 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 45W.

Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
Core i5-4310M 2.7GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.7GHz, which may go up to 3.4GHz and 3MB 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 400MHz and that go up to 1250MHz, 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 37W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.