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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium G2020 2.9GHz APU A6-3500 Triple-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 114% 167%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 189% 259%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 108% 158%
Grand Theft Auto VI 252% 338%
FIFA 21 100% 149%
Genshin Impact 62% 102%
Far Cry 6 238% 321%
Hitman 3 189% 259%
Watch Dogs Legion 189% 259%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 233% 314%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz is significantly better than the AMD APU A6-3500 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 Pentium G2020 2.9GHz was released over a year more recently than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, and so the Pentium G2020 2.9GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has 1 more core than the Pentium G2020 2.9GHz. However, while the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core will probably perform better than the Pentium G2020 2.9GHz, 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has 1 more threads than the Pentium G2020 2.9GHz. 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 Pentium G2020 2.9GHz and APU A6-3500 Triple-Core 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 G2020 2.9GHz has a 0.8 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 APU A6-3500 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has a 2560 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium G2020 2.9GHz, and although the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

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 Pentium G2020 2.9GHz has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium G2020 2.9GHz 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).

The Pentium G2020 2.9GHz and the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

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 CodenameIvy BridgeLlano
MoBo SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2Socket FM1
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date20 Jan 201308 Aug 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs3
CPU Threads2vs3
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.4 GHz
Max TDP55 Wvs65 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics Desktop (Ivy Bridge)Radeon HD 6530D
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs443 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1300 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium G2020 2.9GHz is a budget processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.9GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Ivy Bridge), with 6 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 55W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture.

It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 3MB of L2 Cache.

The processor integrates average Graphics called Radeon HD 6530D, with 320 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 443MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

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