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Game Core i5-760 2.8GHz Phenom II X4 810
Cyberpunk 2077 39% 85%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 87% 148%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 82% 141%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 50% 98%
Genshin Impact 5% 40%
eFootball PES 2021 50% 98%
FIFA 21 30% 73%
Watch Dogs Legion 87% 148%
Death Stranding 70% 125%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 58% 109%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom II X4 810 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 i5-760 2.8GHz was released over a year more recently than the Phenom II X4, and so the Core i5-760 2.8GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i5-760 2.8GHz and the Phenom II X4 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz and the AMD Phenom II X4 810 have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread 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 i5-760 2.8GHz and Phenom II X4 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 i5-760 2.8GHz has a 0.2 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. 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 Phenom II X4 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-760 2.8GHz, but on the other hand, it is the Core i5-760 2.8GHz that has a 4 MB bigger L3 cache than the Phenom II X4. The L3 size of the Phenom II X4 is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Core i5-760 2.8GHz.

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 i5-760 2.8GHz and the Phenom II X4 have the same TDP of 95 Watts, but the Core i5-760 2.8GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameLynnfieldDeneb
MoBo SocketLGA 1156/Socket HSocket AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date18 Jul 201009 Feb 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs2.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.33 GHzvs-
Max TDP95 Wvs95 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature73°Cvs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i5-760 2.8GHz is a performance CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 3.33GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Phenom II X4 810 is a performance processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.6GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.