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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium G4600 3.6GHz Core i5-650 3.2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 43% 103%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 93% 174%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 39% 97%
Grand Theft Auto VI 135% 234%
FIFA 21 34% 90%
Genshin Impact 8% 54%
Far Cry 6 126% 221%
Hitman 3 93% 174%
Watch Dogs Legion 93% 174%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 123% 216%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium G4600 3.6GHz 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 Pentium G4600 3.6GHz was released over three years more recently than the Core i5-650 3.2GHz, and so the Pentium G4600 3.6GHz 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 Pentium G4600 3.6GHz and the Core i5-650 3.2GHz 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 Pentium G4600 3.6GHz and the Core i5-650 3.2GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the Intel Pentium G4600 3.6GHz and the Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Pentium G4600 3.6GHz and the Core i5-650 3.2GHz use hyperthreading. The Pentium G4600 3.6GHz has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i5-650 3.2GHz 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 Pentium G4600 3.6GHz 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 Pentium G4600 3.6GHz has a 0.4 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 .

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 Pentium G4600 3.6GHz and the Core i5-650 3.2GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i5-650 3.2GHz has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Pentium G4600 3.6GHz.

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 Pentium G4600 3.6GHz has a 22 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-650 3.2GHz, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium G4600 3.6GHz 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 Pentium G4600 3.6GHz 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 CodenameKaby LakeClarkdale
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Mar 201707 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.46 GHz
Max TDP51 Wvs73 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 630 MobileHD i5 650
Base GPU Frequency-vs733 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs10
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Pentium G4600 3.6GHz is a budget processor based on the 14nm Kaby Lake architecture. It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.6GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, Hyperthreading, Virtualization and Enhanced SpeedStep is activated. The processor integrates Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 630 (Kaby Lake), 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. It will struggle to run the latest AAA games at playable frame rates. Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 51W. Intel's Pentium G4620 offers average to good performance and is classified in the low to middle-class range of processors. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.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.