Intel Core i5-6300HQ vs Intel Core i3-4170T

Compare Intel 6th Generation Core i5 4 core CPU vs Intel 4th Generation Core i3 2 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

18 %
Identical
18 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

32 %
33 %
3% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

14 %
Identical
14 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

13 %
14 %
7% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

2,416
52% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score
1,581

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

746
4% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
717

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

4
100% significantly more cores
2

Threads

Number of logical processing units

4
Identical
4

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
3 GHz
39% slightly higher clock speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

45 W
35 W
28% slightly lower TDP

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

16
Identical
16

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

64 GiB
100% significantly more supported memory
32 GiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

868th of 1,335
843rd of 1,335

Family

The product line

6th Generation Core i5
4th Generation Core i3

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2015
February 2015

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4-2133
DDR3-1333

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
Yes

Core i5-6300HQ vs Core i3-4170T comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i3-4170T beats the Core i5-6300HQ in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-6300HQ in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i5-6300HQ has significantly more cores with 4 cores compared to the Core i3-4170T that has 2 cores. But they both have the same number of threads. Our comparison shows that the Core i3-4170T has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i5-6300HQ. The Core i3-4170T outputs less heat than Core i5-6300HQ thanks to a slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. For instance, the Core i5-6300HQ has the same number of threads as cores. This means the the CPU does not support hyperthreading.

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