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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-1060G7 4-Core 1.00GHz Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 470%
Hitman 3 61% 667%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 61% 667%
Resident Evil 8 32% 533%
FIFA 21 12% 433%
Grand Theft Auto VI 96% 837%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 16% 452%
The Medium 105% 878%
Genshin Impact 10% 332%
Far Cry 6 88% 799%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-1060G7 4-Core 1.00GHz is massively better than the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz 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 i7-1060G7 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz, and so the Core i7-1060G7 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz when running the latest games.

The Core i7-1060G7 4-Core and the Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Core i7-1060G7 4-Core has 4 more threads than the Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz. The Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-1060G7 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 i7-1060G7 4-Core and Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz 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 i7-1060G7 4-Core has a 1 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 probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz has a 7 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-1060G7 4-Core. However, the Core i7-1060G7 4-Core was created with a 4 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i7-1060G7 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Core i7-1060G7 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 Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz, 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 Iris Plus Graphics G7 1100MHz, 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-Cherry Trail
MoBo SocketFCBGA1440BGA592
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Feb 202030 Nov -0001
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed1 GHzvs-
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs1.84 GHz
Max TDP9 Wvs2 W
Lithography10 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs90°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs224 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs2 GB
Memory Channels-vs1
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris Plus Graphics G7 1100MHz
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1050 MHzvs-
Displays Supported-vs-

CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i7-1060G7 4-Core 1.00GHz is a CPU based on 10nm microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 1.00 GHz, which may go up to 3.80 GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i7-1060G7 has 8MB of L3 Cache.Atom x5-Z8300 4-Core 1.44GHz is a power efficient mobile/tablets CPU based on the 14nm, Cherry Trail architecture. It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.44GHz, which may go up to 1.84GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache. Among its features, Virtualization and Secure Boot are activated. The processor integrates Graphics called Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), initially clocked at 200MHz and that go up to 500MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of just 2W. Its performance is below average and sufficient for office or school work or non-demanding games and even those with significantly reduced settings.