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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 3 3200G Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 0% 18%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 59%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3% 14%
FIFA 21 6% 10%
Watch Dogs Legion 35% 59%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 34%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 55% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 64% 94%
Godfall 93% 128%
Genshin Impact 24% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G is massively better than the Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz 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 3 3200G was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-880 Quad, and so the Ryzen 3 3200G is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-880 Quad 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 3 3200G and the Core i7-880 Quad both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Core i7-880 Quad has 4 more threads than the Ryzen 3 3200G. The Ryzen 3 3200G has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-880 Quad 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 3 3200G and Core i7-880 Quad 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 3 3200G has a 0.54 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 3 3200G has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-880 Quad, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Ryzen 3 3200G wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 3 3200G has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-880 Quad, and was created with a 31 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 3 3200G 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 3 3200G 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 i7-880 Quad, 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 8, 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 Codename-Lynnfield
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jul 201930 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs8
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs3.73 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography14 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature95°Cvs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 8
Base GPU Frequency931 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1011 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 3 3200G is a low-end CPU based on AMD's 14nm Zen microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.7GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 6MB 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 65W. 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 8 Compute Units that offers low-end graphical performance. This CPU is likely to offer decent computational performance and should be able to run AAA games in 2019 without a problem.Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.06GHz, which may go up to 3.73GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.