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Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-10610U 4-Core 1.80GHz Pentium Dual Core 2030M 2.5GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 245%
Hitman 3 43% 365%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 43% 365%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3% 235%
FIFA 21 1% 223%
Grand Theft Auto VI 75% 467%
Far Cry 6 68% 445%
Genshin Impact 20% 161%
Battlefield 6 49% 383%
Resident Evil 8 18% 283%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-10610U 4-Core 1.80GHz is massively better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core 2030M 2.5GHz 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 i7-10610U 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Core i7-10610U 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium Dual Core when running the latest games.

The Core i7-10610U 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Pentium Dual Core. With 4 cores, the Core i7-10610U 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 i7-10610U 4-Core and Pentium Dual 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 Pentium Dual 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 i7-10610U 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.

The Core i7-10610U 4-Core has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i7-10610U 4-Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i7-10610U 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 Pentium Dual 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-Ivy Bridge
MoBo SocketFCBGA1440rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Feb 202020 Jan 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads8vs-
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs2.5 GHz
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Max TDP15 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
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Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size-vs512 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i7-10610U 4-Core 1.80GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 1.80 GHz, which may go up to 4.90 GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i7-10610U has 8MB of L3 Cache.Pentium Dual Core 2030M 2.5GHz is a Dual-Core processor for budget oriented - entry - level laptops, based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge micro-architecture.
Though based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, important features such as Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading are deactivated. It offers 2MB of L3 Cache and integrated graphics called Intel HD 2500, clocked at 650 MHz (up to 1100 MHz in Turbo Mode). The Memory Controller supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory types. It should consume no more than 35 Watt.
Its performance is quite average and behind entry-level i7 laptop processors and so it's best paired with entry and middle class level GPUs.