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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon XP 1700+ Pentium III
Halo: Reach 1458% 2331%
Red Dead Redemption 2 3672% 5785%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2697% 4263%
Borderlands 3 3672% 5785%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 4067% 6400%
Cyberpunk 2077 3105% 4900%
FIFA 20 2599% 4111%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 3672% 5785%
eFootball PES 2020 3003% 4740%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 1974% 3136%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon XP 1700+ is marginally better than the Intel Pentium III 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 XP 1700+ was released less than a year after the Pentium III, 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 Athlon XP 1700+ and the Pentium III 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 Athlon XP 1700+ and the Pentium III 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 Athlon XP 1700+ and Pentium III 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 Athlon XP 1700+ has a 0.46 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

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 XP 1700+ and the Pentium III 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 Pentium III has a 35 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon XP 1700+ (though they were created with the same size 180 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Pentium III 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 CodenamePalomino (Model 6)Coppermine
MoBo SocketSocket 462/Socket ASocket 370
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date09 Oct 200101 Apr 2001
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed1.46 GHzvs1 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus -vs100 MHz
Max TDP64 Wvs29 W
Lithography180 nmvs180 nm
Bit Width-vs32 Bit
Voltage Range-vs1.75V KB
Max Temperature-vs75°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

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L2 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe 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.
The Pentium III brand refers to Intel's 32-bit x86 desktop and mobile microprocessors based on the sixth-generation P6 microarchitecture introduced on February 26, 1999. The brand's initial processors were very similar to the earlier Pentium II-branded microprocessors. The most notable difference was the addition of the SSE instruction set (to accelerate floating point and parallel calculations), and the introduction of a controversial serial number embedded in the chip during the manufacturing process.

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