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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Phenom II X3 P860 Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600
Cyberpunk 2077 367% 502%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 528% 711%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 352% 484%
FIFA 21 337% 463%
Watch Dogs Legion 528% 711%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 429% 582%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 626% 836%
Grand Theft Auto VI 667% 890%
Godfall 802% 1063%
Genshin Impact 253% 356%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom II X3 P860 is noticeably better than the AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600 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 Phenom II X3 was released over a year more recently than the Turion II Ultra, and so the Phenom II X3 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Phenom II X3 has 1 more core than the Turion II Ultra. However, while the Phenom II X3 will probably perform better than the Turion II Ultra, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 II X3 and Turion II Ultra 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 Turion II Ultra has a 0.4 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Phenom II X3.

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 Turion II Ultra has a 483 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom II X3, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Turion II Ultra wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 II X3 has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion II Ultra (though they were created with the same size 45 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Phenom II X3 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameChamplainCaspian
MoBo SocketSocket S1g4Socket S1g3
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Jan 201110 Sep 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores3vs2
Clock Speed2 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP25 Wvs35 W
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L1 Cache Size384 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1565 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom II X3 P860 is a triple core mobile CPU based on the Champlain Core and therefore related to the Athlon II X3 Desktop Series.
It features 3 cores, clocked 2.0GHz and the fastest supported memory is DDR3-1066.
Its performance is average and decent enough to run most games at high settings fluently, if paired with the appropriate GPU, obviously. However, the most demanding games will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
Turion II Ultra (codenamed Caspian) is the mobile version of the K10.5 architecture produced using 45 nm fabrication process, also known by its desktop variant Regor. It is a dual core processor, and features clock speeds of 2.4 GHz to 2.7 GHz, 2 MB total L2 cache (1 MB per core), HyperTransport at 3.6 GT/s, and a 128 bit FPU. It maintains a TDP of 35W from its predecessor Turion X2 Ultra (codenamed Griffin).