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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-10610U 4-Core 1.80GHz APU A8-7100 Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 222%
Hitman 3 43% 333%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 43% 333%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3% 212%
FIFA 21 1% 201%
Grand Theft Auto VI 75% 429%
Far Cry 6 68% 407%
Genshin Impact 20% 144%
Battlefield 6 49% 350%
Resident Evil 8 18% 257%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-10610U 4-Core 1.80GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A8-7100 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 i7-10610U 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the APU A8-7100 Quad-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 APU A8-7100 Quad-Core when running the latest games.

The Core i7-10610U 4-Core and the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Core i7-10610U 4-Core has 4 more threads than the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core. The APU A8-7100 Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-10610U 4-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads 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 i7-10610U 4-Core and APU A8-7100 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 Core i7-10610U 4-Core and the APU A8-7100 Quad-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 Core i7-10610U 4-Core has a 5 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A8-7100 Quad-Core, and was created with a 14 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 and the APU A8-7100 Quad-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-Kaveri
MoBo SocketFCBGA1440BGA (FP3)
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Feb 202004 Jun 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs1.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.9 GHzvs3 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs20 W
Lithography14 nmvs28 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs102°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs256 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630Radeon R5 7100
Base GPU Frequency-vs514 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11.2
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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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.APU A8-7100 Quad-Core is an ULV processor based on the 28nm, Kaveri microarchitecture.
It offers 4 Cores initially clocked at 1.8 GHz that go up to 3.0GHz, in Turbo Mode and has a power consumption of up to 20 Watts.
It also offers decent integrated graphics called Radeon R5 7100 which should offer modest gaming performance below 720p.
The APU's performance proves to be very modest thus, the processor should only be paired with up to mainstream Graphics Cards, such as GeForce 830M.