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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz Ryzen 5 2400GE 4-Core 3.2GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 41% 14%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4% 16%
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 3%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 55% 26%
Halo: Reach 42% 53%
Borderlands 3 41% 14%
FIFA 20 1% 18%
eFootball PES 2020 16% 6%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 23% 37%
Detroit: Become Human 20% 3%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE 4-Core 3.2GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz 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 i3-9100F 4-Core was released less than a year after the Ryzen 5 2400GE, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance 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 Core i3-9100F 4-Core and the Ryzen 5 2400GE both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Ryzen 5 2400GE has 4 more threads than the Core i3-9100F 4-Core. The Core i3-9100F 4-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Ryzen 5 2400GE 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 Core i3-9100F 4-Core and Ryzen 5 2400GE 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 i3-9100F 4-Core 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 Ryzen 5 2400GE has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-9100F 4-Core, but on the other hand, it is the Core i3-9100F 4-Core that has a 6140 MB bigger L3 cache than the Ryzen 5 2400GE. The L3 size of the Ryzen 5 2400GE is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Core i3-9100F 4-Core.

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 Ryzen 5 2400GE has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-9100F 4-Core (though they were created with the same size 14 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Ryzen 5 2400GE 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 Ryzen 5 2400GE 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 Core i3-9100F 4-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 Radeon RX Vega 11, 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 CodenameCoffee Lake RZen
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Apr 201924 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs8
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size6144 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 11
Base GPU Frequency-vs1063 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1190 MHz
DirectX-vs12
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mmvs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is a low-end desktop CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It is identical to the Core i3-9100 except it does not feature integrated graphics. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The i3-9100F has 6MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 64GB DDR-2666 MHz memory. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, Optane Memory Support, and Virtualization are activated. It does not feature an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. This Core i3-9100F CPU offers average gaming performance in 2019 and may be a minor bottleneck in a modern gaming PC. It should be able to play most modern games at 60fps on High graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU, although may struggle with the most demanding AAA titles. Performance may become bottlenecked if playing at 144Hz and 1080p or lower screen resolution.The Ryzen 5 2400GE 4-Core 3.2GHz is a mid-range CPU based on AMD's 14nm Zen microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 4MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. It also has 2MB L2 cache and 384kb total L1 cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a far more energy efficient version of the Ryzen 5 2400G. 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 decent excellent computational performance and should be able to run AAA games in 2018 without a problem. The integrated Vega graphics should run most games at Low/Medium graphics settings.

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