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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Sempron 200U Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325
Cyberpunk 2077 2510% 1019%
Hitman 3 3414% 1406%
Resident Evil 8 2799% 1142%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3414% 1406%
FIFA 21 2341% 946%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4190% 1739%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2429% 984%
Genshin Impact 1876% 747%
Far Cry 6 4018% 1665%
The Medium 4378% 1819%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325 is noticeably better than the AMD Sempron 200U 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 Athlon Neo X2 was released less than a year after the Sempron 200U, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Athlon Neo X2 has 1 more core than the Sempron 200U. However, while the Athlon Neo X2 will probably perform better than the Sempron 200U, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 Sempron 200U and the Athlon Neo X2 are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.5 GHz faster base clock rate, the Athlon Neo X2 manages to provide noticeably better performance than the Sempron 200U.

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 Athlon Neo X2 has a 768 KB bigger L2 cache than the Sempron 200U, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Athlon Neo X2 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 Sempron 200U has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon Neo X2 (though they were created with the same size 65 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Sempron 200U 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 CodenameConesusConesus
MoBo SocketSocket 812Socket 812
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date15 Jan 200901 Jun 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSempron 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.With 27 mm 27 mm in size and 2.5 mm in thickness, the Athlon Neo processors utilize a new package called "ASB1", essentially a BGA package, for smaller footprint to allow smaller designs for notebooks and lowering the cost. The clock of the processors is significantly lower than desktop and other mobile counterparts to reach a low TDP, at 15W maximum for a single core x86-64 CPU at 1.6 GHz. The Athlon Neo processors are equipped with 512 KB of L2 cache and HyperTransport 1.0 running at 800 MHz frequency.