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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz Core i3-6006U 2-Core 2.0 GHz
Hitman 3 27% 204%
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 126%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 27% 204%
Resident Evil 8 4% 151%
FIFA 21 12% 111%
Grand Theft Auto VI 55% 271%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 9% 119%
Genshin Impact 29% 71%
Far Cry 6 48% 256%
The Medium 61% 287%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i3-6006U 2-Core 2.0 GHz 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 i7-1065G7 4-Core was released less than a year after the Core i3-6006U 2-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i7-1065G7 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i3-6006U 2-Core. With 4 cores, the Core i7-1065G7 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i7-1065G7 4-Core has 4 more threads than the Core i3-6006U 2-Core. Both the Core i7-1065G7 4-Core and the Core i3-6006U 2-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i7-1065G7 4-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i3-6006U 2-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 i7-1065G7 4-Core and Core i3-6006U 2-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 Core i3-6006U 2-Core has a 0.7 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 Core i7-1065G7 4-Core.

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.

Both the Core i7-1065G7 4-Core and the Core i3-6006U 2-Core have the same TDP of 15 Watts, but the Core i7-1065G7 4-Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The Core i7-1065G7 4-Core and the Core i3-6006U 2-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

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-Skylake
MoBo SocketFCBGA1440FC-BGA1356
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Feb 202010 Nov 2019
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed1.3 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.9 GHzvs2 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs15 W
Lithography10 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs128 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs512 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris Plus Graphics G7 1100MHzIntel HD Graphics 520 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs300 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1050 MHzvs1050 MHz
Displays Supported-vs-

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs42 mm x 24 mm x 1.3 mm
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 1.30 GHz, which may go up to 3.90 GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i7-1065G7 has 8MB of L3 Cache.The Intel Core i3-6006U 2-Core 2.0 GHz is a low-end mainstream mobile CPU based on Intel's 14nm Skylake microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 2.0GHz. It doesn't feature an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 3MB 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 512KB L2 cache and 128KB L1 cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 32GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 15W (including the onboard Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU). It is a very power efficient processor. Among its many features are HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization. This Core i3-6006U 2-Core 2.0 GHz, while a budget CPU, is likely to offer average mobile computational performance and will should be able to run most games. However, it may become a serious bottleneck during the most demanding AAA titles.