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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-5400B Dual-Core Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 228% 324%
Hitman 3 341% 471%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 341% 471%
Resident Evil 8 264% 371%
FIFA 21 206% 297%
Grand Theft Auto VI 438% 597%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 217% 311%
Genshin Impact 148% 221%
The Medium 462% 628%
Far Cry 6 417% 569%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-5400B Dual-Core is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz 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 A6-5400B Dual-Core was released over a year more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the APU A6-5400B Dual-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-5400B Dual-Core and the Pentium 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 A6-5400B Dual-Core and the Pentium Dual Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the AMD APU A6-5400B Dual-Core and the Intel Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz have the same number of threads. 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 APU A6-5400B Dual-Core and Pentium 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 A6-5400B Dual-Core has a 0.667 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 APU A6-5400B Dual-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, and although the APU A6-5400B Dual-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 APU A6-5400B Dual-Core has a 8 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the APU A6-5400B Dual-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 A6-5400B Dual-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 Pentium Dual Core, 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 7540D, 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 CodenameTrinityClarkdale
MoBo SocketSocket FM2LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Oct 201209 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs2
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs2.933 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs73 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Voltage Range-vs0.6500V-1.4000V KB
Max Temperature70°Cvs72.6°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size96 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count3vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs17 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 7540Dno
Base GPU Frequency760 MHzvs533 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11vs-
Displays Supported-vs2
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs37.5mm x 37.5mm
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs2
PCIe Configurations-vs2

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A6-5400B Dual-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Piledriver architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates weak Graphics called Radeon HD 7540D, with 192 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 760MHz, 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.
- Note that these are also dual core, but under the Pentium brand. - Based on Westmere microarchitecture - All models support: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST), Intel 64, XD bit (an NX bit implementation), Intel VT-x, Smart Cache.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementIntel Quick Sync Video
AMDBusiness ClassIntel InTru 3D
AMD Black EditionIntel Insider
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options