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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Phenom 8250e Triple-Core Core i5-670 3.46GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 220% 90%
Hitman 3 330% 156%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 330% 156%
The Medium 448% 227%
Resident Evil 8 255% 111%
FIFA 21 199% 78%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 210% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 425% 213%
Genshin Impact 142% 44%
Far Cry 6 404% 200%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-670 3.46GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom 8250e Triple-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 i5-670 3.46GHz was released less than a year after the Phenom 8250e Triple-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Phenom 8250e Triple-Core has 1 more core than the Core i5-670 3.46GHz. However, while the Phenom 8250e Triple-Core will probably perform better than the Core i5-670 3.46GHz, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

The Core i5-670 3.46GHz has 1 more threads than the Phenom 8250e Triple-Core. The Phenom 8250e Triple-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-670 3.46GHz 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 Phenom 8250e Triple-Core and Core i5-670 3.46GHz 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 i5-670 3.46GHz has a 1.56 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 Phenom 8250e Triple-Core 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 Phenom 8250e Triple-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-670 3.46GHz, but on the other hand, it is the Core i5-670 3.46GHz that has a 2 MB bigger L3 cache than the Phenom 8250e Triple-Core.

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 Phenom 8250e Triple-Core has a 8 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-670 3.46GHz. However, the Core i5-670 3.46GHz was created with a 33 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i5-670 3.46GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

The Core i5-670 3.46GHz 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 Phenom 8250e Triple-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 HD i5 670, 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 CodenameTolimanClarkdale
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date08 Sep 200807 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores3vs2
CPU Threads3vs4
Clock Speed1.9 GHzvs3.46 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.73 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs73 W
Lithography65 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature71°Cvs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1536 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i5 670
Base GPU Frequency-vs733 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs10
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom 8250e Triple-Core is an energy efficient performance processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), clocked at 1.9GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
Core i5-670 3.46GHz is a performance CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.46GHz, which may go up to 3.73GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel i5 670, with XX Execution Units, clocked at 733MHz which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 73W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.