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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon XP 1700+ Pentium 4 1.7GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 3672% 5756%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2697% 4241%
Halo: Reach 1458% 2318%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 4067% 6368%
Cyberpunk 2077 3105% 4875%
Borderlands 3 3672% 5756%
FIFA 20 2599% 4090%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 3672% 5756%
eFootball PES 2020 3003% 4716%
Detroit: Become Human 3127% 4908%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon XP 1700+ is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz 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 4 1.7GHz, 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 4 1.7GHz 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 4 1.7GHz 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 4 1.7GHz 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 1.7GHz has a 0.24 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 4 1.7GHz have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Athlon XP 1700+ has a 120 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Pentium 4 1.7GHz, 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.

Both the Athlon XP 1700+ and the Pentium 4 1.7GHz have the same TDP of 64 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 180 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenamePalomino (Model 6)Willamette
MoBo SocketSocket 462/Socket ASocket 478/Socket N
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date09 Oct 200123 Apr 2001
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed1.46 GHzvs1.7 GHz
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Max TDP64 Wvs64 W
Lithography180 nmvs180 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs8 KB
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 4 brand refers to Intel's line of single-core desktop and laptop central processing units (CPUs) introduced on November 20, 2000 and shipped through August 8, 2008. They had the 7th-generation x86 microarchitecture, called NetBurst, which was the company's first all-new design since introduction of P6 microarchitecture of the Pentium Pro CPUs in 1995. NetBurst differed from the preceding P6 (Pentium III, II, etc.) by featuring a very deep instruction pipeline to achieve very high clock speeds (up to 3.8 GHz) limited only by TDPs reaching up to 115 W in 3.4 GHz ?3.8 GHz Prescott and Prescotts 2M cores . In 2004, the initial 32-bit x86 instruction set of the Pentium 4 microprocessors was extended by the 64-bit x86-64 set.

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