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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium 4 HT 524 Sempron 2600+
Cyberpunk 2077 2354% 2107%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3203% 2871%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2278% 2039%
FIFA 21 2195% 1964%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2679% 2400%
Watch Dogs Legion 3203% 2871%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 3715% 3331%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3933% 3527%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 2679% 2400%
Genshin Impact 1758% 1571%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Sempron 2600+ is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 HT 524 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 Pentium 4 HT was released over a year more recently than the Sempron 2600+, and so the Pentium 4 HT is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful CPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The Pentium 4 HT and the Sempron 2600+ both have 1 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Pentium 4 HT and the Sempron 2600+ may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 Pentium 4 HT and Sempron 2600+ 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 Pentium 4 HT has a 1.227 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 Sempron 2600+ has a 255 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium 4 HT, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Sempron 2600+ 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 Sempron 2600+ has a 22 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 HT. However, the Pentium 4 HT was created with a 40 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium 4 HT is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenamePrescottThoroughbred (Model 8)
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Apr 200628 Jul 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed3.06 GHzvs1.833 GHz
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System Bus 533 MHzvs-
Max TDP84 Wvs62 W
Lithography90 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range1.200V-1.425V KBvs-
Max Temperature67.7°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size16 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1 KBvs256 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium 4 CPUs introduced the SSE2 and, in the Prescott-based Pentium 4s, SSE3 instruction sets to accelerate calculations, transactions, media processing, 3D graphics, and games. Later versions featured Hyper-Threading Technology (HTT), a feature to make one physical CPU work as two logical CPUs. Intel also marketed a version of their low-end Celeron processors based on the NetBurst microarchitecture (often referred to as Celeron 4), and a high-end derivative, Xeon, intended for multiprocessor servers and workstations. In 2005, the Pentium 4 was complemented by the Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition dual-core CPUsSempron has been the marketing name used by AMD for several different budget desktop CPUs, using several different technologies and CPU socket formats. The Sempron replaced the AMD Duron processor and competes against Intel's Celeron series of processors. AMD coined the name from the Latin semper, which means always, to suggest the Sempron is suitable for daily use, practical, and part of everyday life.