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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Atom Z2580 933MHz Pentium 4 Mobile 2.8GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 1615% 2503%
Hitman 3 2209% 3404%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2209% 3404%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1562% 2422%
FIFA 21 1504% 2334%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2719% 4177%
Far Cry 6 2606% 4006%
Genshin Impact 1199% 1871%
Battlefield 6 2300% 3542%
Resident Evil 8 1805% 2790%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Atom Z2580 933MHz is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 Mobile 2.8GHz 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 Atom Z2580 933MHz was released over three years more recently than the Pentium 4 Mobile, and so the Atom Z2580 933MHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium 4 Mobile 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 Atom Z2580 933MHz has 1 more core than the Pentium 4 Mobile. However, while the Atom Z2580 933MHz will probably perform better than the Pentium 4 Mobile, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 Atom Z2580 933MHz and Pentium 4 Mobile 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 Mobile has a 1.867 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 Atom Z2580 933MHz 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 Atom Z2580 933MHz and the Pentium 4 Mobile have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Atom Z2580 933MHz has a 96 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Pentium 4 Mobile, at least 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.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameClovertrail+Prescott
MoBo Socket-Socket 478/Socket N
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date25 Feb 201301 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed0.933 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP-vs88 W
Lithography32 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width32 Bitvs-
Voltage Range0.3-1.2V (Vcc) KBvs-
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size112 KBvs16 KB
L1 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

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Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAtom Z2580 933MHz is Intel's latest addition to the Tablet word. It's a 4-threaded dual Core CPU based on a 32nm Cloverview architecture, clocked at 0.933GHz with very low TDP. It supports up to 2GB of DDR2-800 and features integrated graphics clocked at 533MHz.The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor was released to address the problem of putting a full desktop Pentium 4 processor into a laptop, which some manufacturers were doing. The Mobile Pentium 4 used a 533 MHz FSB, following the desktop Pentium 4's evolution. Oddly, increasing the bus speed by 133 MHz (33 MHz core) caused a massive increase in TDPs, as mobile Pentium 4 processors gave off 59.8 W - 70 W of heat, with the Hyper-Threading variants giving off 66.1 W - 88 W. This allowed the mobile Pentium 4 to bridge the gap between the desktop Pentium 4 (giving off 115 W maximum), and the Pentium 4-M (giving off 35 W maximum).