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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-5350M Dual-Core Turion II Dual-Core Mobile P520
Cyberpunk 2077 412% 605%
Call of Duty Warzone 347% 515%
Grand Theft Auto VI 775% 1104%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 545% 788%
Minecraft: Dungeons 412% 605%
Maneater 412% 605%
Valorant 209% 325%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 543% 784%
Doom Eternal 617% 887%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 712% 1017%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-5350M Dual-Core is noticeably better than the AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile P520 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 APU A6-5350M Dual-Core was released over a year more recently than the Turion II Dual-Core, and so the APU A6-5350M Dual-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-5350M Dual-Core and the Turion II Dual-Core both have 2 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 APU A6-5350M Dual-Core and the Turion II Dual-Core 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 APU A6-5350M Dual-Core and Turion II Dual-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 APU A6-5350M Dual-Core has a 0.6 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 Turion II Dual-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU A6-5350M Dual-Core, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Turion II Dual-Core 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 Turion II Dual-Core has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A6-5350M Dual-Core. However, the APU A6-5350M Dual-Core was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A6-5350M Dual-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameRichlandChamplain
MoBo SocketSocket FS1Socket S1g4
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 Mar 201312 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs2.3 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs25 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A6-5350M Dual-Core is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 32nm, Richland micro-architecture.
It offers 2 Cores, initially clocked at 2.9GHz that go up to 3.5GHz, in Turbo Mode and 1MB of L2 Cache. It features integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8450G which offer 192 Shader Processing Units and are substantially faster than previous Radeon HD 7520G. The max memory speed supported by the CPU is DDR3-1600. It consumes up to 35 Watt.
This CPU should only be paired with fast-middle-class GPUs such as Radeon HD 7770M/GeForce GT 650M.
Turion 64 X2 is AMD's 64-bit dual-core mobile CPU, intended to compete with Intel's Core and Core 2 CPUs. The Turion 64 X2 was launched on May 17, 2006, after several delays. These processors use Socket S1, and feature DDR2 memory. They also include AMD Virtualization Technology and more power-saving features. AMD first produced the Turion 64 X2 on IBM's 90 nm Silicon on insulator (SOI) process (cores with the Taylor codename). As of May 2007, they have switched to a 65 nm Silicon-Germanium stressed process[citation needed], which was recently achieved through the combined effort of IBM and AMD, with 40% improvement over comparable 65 nm processes. The earlier 90 nm devices were codenamed Taylor and Trinidad, while the newer 65 nm cores have codename Tyler.