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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium 4 HT 745 Sempron 64 LE-1250
Cyberpunk 2077 1401% 1431%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1921% 1962%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1354% 1384%
FIFA 21 1304% 1332%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1600% 1635%
Watch Dogs Legion 1921% 1962%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2233% 2281%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1600% 1635%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2367% 2417%
Genshin Impact 1036% 1060%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium 4 HT 745 is marginally better than the AMD Sempron 64 LE-1250 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 64 LE-1250 was released less than a year after the Pentium 4 HT, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Pentium 4 HT and the Sempron 64 LE-1250 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 HT and the Sempron 64 LE-1250 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 HT and Sempron 64 LE-1250 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 HT 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 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 Pentium 4 HT and the Sempron 64 LE-1250 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. Sadly, there is not enough data to judge based on L1 cache size which CPU would perform better.

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 Sempron 64 LE-1250 has a 37 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 HT, and was created with a 65 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Sempron 64 LE-1250 will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNorthwoodSparta
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NSocket AM2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 Apr 200308 Oct 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium 4 CPUs introduced the SSE2 and, in the Prescott-based Pentium 4s, SSE3 instruction sets to accelerate calculations, transactions, media processing, 3D graphics, and games. Later versions featured Hyper-Threading Technology (HTT), a feature to make one physical CPU work as two logical CPUs. Intel also marketed a version of their low-end Celeron processors based on the NetBurst microarchitecture (often referred to as Celeron 4), and a high-end derivative, Xeon, intended for multiprocessor servers and workstations. In 2005, the Pentium 4 was complemented by the Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition dual-core CPUsSempron 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.