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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz Phenom 9650 Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 215%
Hyper Scape 4% 155%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 4% 155%
Call of Duty Warzone 11% 118%
Valorant 39% 51%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 28% 215%
Grand Theft Auto VI 74% 328%
Death Stranding 12% 175%
Doom Eternal 42% 250%
TrackMania Nations Remake 44% 37%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core 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 i5-8500T 6-Core was released over three years more recently than the Phenom 9650 Quad-Core, and so the Core i5-8500T 6-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Phenom 9650 Quad-Core when running the latest games.

The Core i5-8500T 6-Core has 2 more cores than the Phenom 9650 Quad-Core. 6 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Phenom 9650 Quad-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Core i5-8500T 6-Core has 2 more threads than the Phenom 9650 Quad-Core. 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 Core i5-8500T 6-Core and Phenom 9650 Quad-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 Phenom 9650 Quad-Core has a 0.2 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 Phenom 9650 Quad-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-8500T 6-Core, but on the other hand, it is the Core i5-8500T 6-Core that has a 7 MB bigger L3 cache than the Phenom 9650 Quad-Core. The L3 size of the Phenom 9650 Quad-Core is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Core i5-8500T 6-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 Core i5-8500T 6-Core has a 60 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 9650 Quad-Core, and was created with a 51 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-8500T 6-Core 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 Core i5-8500T 6-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 Phenom 9650 Quad-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 Intel UHD Graphics 630, 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 SAgena
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Apr 201827 Mar 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads6vs4
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.5 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs95 W
Lithography14 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size1536 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size9 MBvs2 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size149 mm˛vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz is a low to mid-range power-efficient CPU based on Intel's 8th Gen 14nm Coffee Lake S microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (6 logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz across all six cores, rising to a maximum of 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 enabled. The i5-8500T does not have an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 9MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. The Core i3-8500T has support for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a very power efficient processor. Among its many features are Intel Enhanced Speedstep, Turbo Boost 2.0, Virtualization, SSE3, AVX2 and SSE 4.2. This CPU is likely to offer average computational performance and could become a bottleneck in some of the most CPU-intensive AAA games from 2018 onward.Phenom 9650 Quad-Core is a performance processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.3GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

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

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.