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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor E5420 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 165% 167%
Hitman 3 256% 259%
Resident Evil 8 194% 196%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 256% 259%
FIFA 21 147% 149%
Grand Theft Auto VI 335% 338%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 156% 158%
Genshin Impact 100% 102%
Far Cry 6 317% 321%
The Medium 354% 357%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor E5420 is marginally 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core was released less than a year after the Xeon Processor E5420, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor E5420 has 1 more core than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core. With 4 cores, the Xeon Processor E5420 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 Xeon Processor E5420 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 Xeon Processor E5420 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 Xeon Processor E5420.

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 Xeon Processor E5420 has a 9216 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Xeon Processor E5420 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has a 15 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor E5420, and was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Xeon Processor E5420, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon HD 6530D, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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 CodenameHarpertownLlano
MoBo SocketLGA 771/Socket JSocket FM1
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date12 Nov 200708 Aug 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs3
CPU Threads-vs3
Clock Speed2.5 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.4 GHz
Max TDP80 Wvs65 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size12288 KBvs3072 KB
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Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsnoRadeon HD 6530D
Base GPU Frequency-vs443 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon Processor E5420 is a Server CPU based on the 45nm, Harpertown architecture.
With most of its features activated, it offers 4 Cores (4 Logical as well), clocked at 2.5GHz, and offers 12MB of L2 Cache.
Obviously not meant for gaming purposes, though its introduction price was not very high, its performance is only average, considering today's standards.
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.