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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium 4 2.20GHz Athlon XP 1700+
Red Dead Redemption 2 5299% 3672%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3903% 2697%
Cyberpunk 2077 4487% 3105%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 5863% 4067%
Halo: Reach 2130% 1458%
Borderlands 3 5299% 3672%
FIFA 20 3763% 2599%
eFootball PES 2020 4340% 3003%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 2869% 1974%
Detroit: Become Human 4518% 3127%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon XP 1700+ is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 2.20GHz 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 Pentium 4 2.20GHz was released less than a year after the Athlon XP 1700+, 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 2.20GHz and the Athlon XP 1700+ 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 2.20GHz and the Athlon XP 1700+ 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 2.20GHz and Athlon XP 1700+ 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 2.20GHz has a 0.74 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 2.20GHz has a 256 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon XP 1700+, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium 4 2.20GHz 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 2.20GHz has a 7 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon XP 1700+, and was created with a 50 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium 4 2.20GHz 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 CodenameNorthwoodPalomino (Model 6)
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NSocket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jan 200209 Oct 2001
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs1.46 GHz
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System Bus 400 MHzvs-
Max TDP57 Wvs64 W
Lithography130 nmvs180 nm
Bit Width32 Bitvs-
Voltage Range1.360V-1.435V KBvs-
Max Temperature70°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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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.The Athlon made its debut on June 23, 1999. Athlon is the ancient Greek word for Champion/trophy of the games.
Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and retained the initial performance lead it had over Intel's competing processors for a significant period of time. The original Athlon also had the distinction of being the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II.

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