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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz Core i5-5675R 4-Core 3.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 11%
Hitman 3 89% 19%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 89% 19%
The Medium 141% 52%
Resident Evil 8 56% 1%
FIFA 21 31% 17%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 36% 14%
Grand Theft Auto VI 131% 46%
Genshin Impact 6% 33%
Far Cry 6 122% 40%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-5675R 4-Core 3.1GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i5-5675R 4-Core, and so the APU A12-9800E 4-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core and the Core i5-5675R 4-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz and the Intel Core i5-5675R 4-Core 3.1GHz have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core and Core i5-5675R 4-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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core and the Core i5-5675R 4-Core both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. 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 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-5675R 4-Core. However, the Core i5-5675R 4-Core was created with a 14 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A12-9800E 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Core i5-5675R 4-Core 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 APU A12-9800E 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 Iris Pro Graphics 6200 Desktop, 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 CodenameBristol RidgeBroadwell
MoBo SocketSocket AM4FCBGA1364
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Sep 201630 Jun 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs3.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs65 W
Lithography28 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size320 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs-
L3 Cache Size-vs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris Pro Graphics 6200 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency-vs300 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1150 MHz
DirectX-vs11.2
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 28nm Excavator microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical) initially clocked at 3.1GHz, rising to 3.8GHz in boost mode. It has an unlocked multiplier and therefore can overclocked using traditional methods. It has 2MB of L2 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 low-end, power-efficient CPU. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. The APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz features integrated Radeon R7 3rd Gen GCN graphics with 512 Shaders and a maximum clock speed of 900MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that will struggle to run any modern game at 720p.The Intel Core i5-5675R 4-Core 3.1GHz is a Performance CPU based on the 14nm Broadwell MicroArchitecture. It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.1GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated and the processor has its multiplier unlocked. The processor integrates low-end integrated graphics called Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 with 48 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode which shares the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W. Its performance is good and should be enough for even the most demanding applications.