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Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-10710U 6-Core 1.10GHz Core i7-8809G 4-Core 3.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 21%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 8% 6%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 22% 23%
FIFA 21 25% 26%
Grand Theft Auto VI 32% 30%
Far Cry 6 27% 25%
Genshin Impact 39% 40%
Hitman 3 8% 6%
Watch Dogs Legion 8% 6%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 25% 23%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-8809G 4-Core 3.1GHz is marginally better than the Intel Core i7-10710U 6-Core 1.10GHz 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 i7-8809G 4-Core was released less than a year after the Core i7-10710U 6-Core, 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 i7-10710U 6-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-8809G 4-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 Core i7-8809G 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Core i7-10710U 6-Core has 4 more threads than the Core i7-8809G 4-Core. Both the Core i7-10710U 6-Core and the Core i7-8809G 4-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i7-10710U 6-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-8809G 4-Core has 2.

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 i7-10710U 6-Core and the Core i7-8809G 4-Core are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 2 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i7-8809G 4-Core manages to provide massively better performance than the Core i7-10710U 6-Core. However, the Core i7-10710U 6-Core manages to eke 0.5 GHz higher frequency when being stressed.

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 Core i7-10710U 6-Core has a 85 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-8809G 4-Core (though they were created with the same size 14 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i7-10710U 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 i7-10710U 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 Core i7-8809G 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 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 Codename--
MoBo SocketFCBGA1440Not sure
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Nov -000108 Jan 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads12vs8
Clock Speed1.1 GHzvs3.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.7 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs100 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i7-10710U 6-Core 1.10GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 1.10 GHz, which may go up to 4.70 GHz using 6 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i7-10710U has 12MB of L3 Cache.The Intel Core i7-8809G 4-Core 3.1GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 14nm Kaby Lake G microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 3.1GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz using Turbo Boost. It doesn't feature an unlocked multiplier therefore it can't 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 (including the onboard GPU). It is a fairly power efficient processor. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated are enabled. It features Intel HD Graphics 630 integrated GPU with 350MHz base clock and turbo boost frequency of 1.15GHz. Video memory will depend on the amount of RAM paired with CPU but maximum limit is 64GB. In addition, the Core i7-8809G 4-Core 3.1GHz features a Radeon RX Vega M GH dedicated Graphics processor. It equips a GPU Codenamed Vega M which offers 24 Compute Units, 96 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 1063MHz and goes up to 1190MHz in Turbo Mode. The GPU utilises its own onboard HBM2 memory. Radeon RX Vega M GH has 4GB of second-generation High Bandwidth Memory, clocked at 1.6Gb/s. Sat on a 1024-bit memory interface, this provides total memory bandwidth of 2.4GB/s. The Most Powerful Variant Offers Performance similar to a dedicated GeForce GTX 1060. This Intel Core i7-8809G CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.