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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-3330MX Dual-Core Pentium U5600 1.33GHz
New World 493% 736%
Resident Evil 8 1040% 1506%
Grand Theft Auto VI 870% 1267%
Battlefield 2042 726% 1063%
Far Cry 6 832% 1212%
Forza Horizon 5 493% 736%
FIFA 22 452% 678%
The Ascent 1305% 1878%
Dying Light 2 716% 1049%
Days Gone 569% 842%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A4-3330MX Dual-Core is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium U5600 1.33GHz 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 A4-3330MX Dual-Core was released less than a year after the Pentium U5600 1.33GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A4-3330MX Dual-Core and the Pentium U5600 1.33GHz 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 A4-3330MX Dual-Core and the Pentium U5600 1.33GHz 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 APU A4-3330MX Dual-Core and Pentium U5600 1.33GHz 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 A4-3330MX Dual-Core has a 0.87 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 APU A4-3330MX Dual-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium U5600 1.33GHz, and although the APU A4-3330MX 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 Pentium U5600 1.33GHz has a 27 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A4-3330MX Dual-Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Pentium U5600 1.33GHz 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).

The APU A4-3330MX 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 U5600 1.33GHz, 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 6480G, 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 CodenameLlanoArrandale
MoBo SocketSocket FS1rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Dec 201109 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs1.33 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP45 Wvs18 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Voltage Range0.8750-1.4125V KBvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6480Gno
Base GPU Frequency444 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A4-3330MX is a dual core CPU based on the Llano Core.
It has two cores, clocked at 2.2GHz that go up to 2.6GHz in Turbo Mode. It supports memory up to DDR3-1333 and LV DDR3-1333 and features integrated graphics called Radeon HD 6480G clocked at 444MHz that has 240 SPUs.
Its performance is relatively limited and not recommended for today's very demanding games.
Arrandale is the code name for a mobile Intel processor, sold as mobile Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 as well as Celeron and Pentium. It is closely related to the desktop Clarkdale processor; both use dual-core dies based on the 32 nm Westmere shrink of the Nehalem microarchitecture and have integrated Graphics as well as PCI Express and DMI links.
Arrandale is the successor of the 45 nm Core microarchitecture based Penryn processor that is used in the many mobile Intel Core 2, Celeron and Pentium Dual-Core processors. While Penryn typically used both a north bridge and a south bridge, Arrandale already contains the major north bridge components, which are the memory controller, PCI Express for external graphics, integrated graphics and the DMI connector, making it possible to build more compact systems without a separate northbridge or discrete graphics as Lynnfield.