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Recommended System Requirements
Game Core M3-7Y30 Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 234% 252%
Hitman 3 349% 374%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 349% 374%
Resident Evil 8 270% 291%
FIFA 21 212% 229%
Grand Theft Auto VI 448% 478%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 223% 241%
Genshin Impact 153% 166%
The Medium 472% 504%
Far Cry 6 426% 455%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core M3-7Y30 is marginally better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz 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 M3-7Y30 was released over three years more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Core M3-7Y30 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium Dual Core when running the latest games.

The Core M3-7Y30 and the Pentium Dual Core 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 M3-7Y30 and the Pentium Dual Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 M3-7Y30 and Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 1.3 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. 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 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 M3-7Y30 has a 32 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core M3-7Y30 will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core M3-7Y30 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 Pentium Dual Core, 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 Mobile, 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 CodenameKaby LakeHaswell
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 Oct 201601 Oct 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed1 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.6 GHzvs-
Max TDP5 Wvs37 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs128 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs2 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics Mobileno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore M3-7Y30 is an Ultra Low Voltage, Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm Kaby Lake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), Initially Clocked at 1GHz that go up to 2.6GHz, in Turbo Mode and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The Processor Integrates Mildly Powerful Graphics called Intel HD 615 Mobile, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L Caches and System RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 4.5W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is a budget processor, part of the Haswell Refresh CPUs released in April of 2014.
Based on 22nm architecture, the Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz has many of the Haswell features disabled, including Hyper and Multi Treading. The Processor should not consume more than 37 Watts.
This CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz and comes with a weak Intel HD (Haswell) mobile chip which raises to 1100MHz in Turbo Mode and will only be seen in smaller cheaper notebooks.
Its performance is average and will only provide modest gaming though most modern demanding games will run fluently.