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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium 4 2.26GHz Sempron 2300+
Cyberpunk 2077 3867% 2541%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5241% 3455%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3744% 2459%
FIFA 21 3610% 2370%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4393% 2891%
Watch Dogs Legion 5241% 3455%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 6067% 4006%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6420% 4240%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 4393% 2891%
Genshin Impact 2904% 1899%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Sempron 2300+ is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 2.26GHz 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 Sempron 2300+ was released less than a year after the Pentium 4 2.26GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when 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 2.26GHz and the Sempron 2300+ 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 2.26GHz and the Sempron 2300+ 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 2.26GHz and Sempron 2300+ 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 2.26GHz has a 0.677 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 .

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 Pentium 4 2.26GHz has a 256 KB bigger L2 cache than the Sempron 2300+, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium 4 2.26GHz 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 Pentium 4 2.26GHz has a 4 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Sempron 2300+ (though they were created with the same size 130 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Pentium 4 2.26GHz 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 CodenameNorthwoodThoroughbred (Model 8)
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NSocket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date06 May 200228 Jul 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed2.26 GHzvs1.583 GHz
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Max TDP58 Wvs62 W
Lithography130 nmvs130 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size20 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIn January 2002 Intel released Pentium 4s with a new core code named "Northwood" at speeds of 1.6 GHz, 1.8 GHz, 2 GHz and 2.2 GHz. Northwood (product code 80532) combined an increase in the L2 cache size from 256 KB to 512 KB (increasing the transistor count from 42 million to 55 million) with a transition to a new 130 nm fabrication process. Making the processor out of smaller transistors means that it can run at higher clock speeds and produce less heat. In the same month boards utilizing the 845 chipset were released with enabled support for DDR SDRAM which provided double the bandwidth of PC133 SDRAM, and alleviated the associated high costs of using Rambus RDRAM for maximal performance with Pentium 4.Sempron 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.