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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 2400G Core i5-4690 3.5GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 12% 1%
Halo: Reach 58% 53%
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24% 15%
Doom Eternal 16% 6%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 9% 22%
Grand Theft Auto VI 39% 55%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 23% 14%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 21% 36%
Need For Speed Heat 14% 3%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G is massively better than the Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz 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 Ryzen 5 2400G was released over three years more recently than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz, and so the Ryzen 5 2400G is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz when 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 Ryzen 5 2400G and the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Ryzen 5 2400G has 4 more threads than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz. The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen 5 2400G 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 Ryzen 5 2400G 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 Ryzen 5 2400G has a 0.1 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 Ryzen 5 2400G has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz, 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 i5-4690 3.5GHz has a 16 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen 5 2400G. However, the Ryzen 5 2400G was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Ryzen 5 2400G and the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz would appear to produce roughly the same amount of heat, and consume about the same amount of power.

The Ryzen 5 2400G and the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz 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 Codename-Haswell
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date12 Feb 201814 May 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.9 GHzvs3.9 GHz
Max TDP100 Wvs84 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 11Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency1063 MHzvs400 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1190 MHzvs1250 MHz
DirectX12vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 5 2400G is a mid-range CPU based on AMD's 14nm Zen microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 3.9GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 8MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 100W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It features an integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU with 11 Compute Units that offers low-end graphical performance. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. [Please be aware that GD data is constantly refined as more information and reports are made available.]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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