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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-5100 Quad-Core Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600
Cyberpunk 2077 362% 502%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 522% 711%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 347% 484%
FIFA 21 332% 463%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 423% 582%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 618% 836%
Watch Dogs Legion 522% 711%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 423% 582%
Grand Theft Auto VI 659% 890%
Genshin Impact 250% 356%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A4-5100 Quad-Core is noticeably better than the AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600 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 A4-5100 Quad-Core was released over three years more recently than the Turion II Ultra, and so the APU A4-5100 Quad-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Turion II Ultra when running the latest games.

The APU A4-5100 Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Turion II Ultra. With 4 cores, the APU A4-5100 Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 A4-5100 Quad-Core and Turion II Ultra 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 Turion II Ultra has a 0.85 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 APU A4-5100 Quad-Core 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 A4-5100 Quad-Core and the Turion II Ultra have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Turion II Ultra has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the APU A4-5100 Quad-Core, 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.

The APU A4-5100 Quad-Core has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion II Ultra, and was created with a 17 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A4-5100 Quad-Core 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 CodenameKabiniCaspian
MoBo SocketBGA769 (FT3)Socket S1g3
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Dec 201310 Sep 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
Clock Speed1.55 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A4-5100 Quad-Core is a low end mobile processor based on the 28nm, Jaguar micro-architecture.
It offers 4 Cores clocked at 1.55GHz 2MB of L2 Cache. It features integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8330G which offer 128 Shader Processing Units and perform on level with Intel HD 4000. The max memory speed supported by the CPU is DDR3-1600. It consumes up to 15 Watt.
Its performance is relatively weak and so this CPU is still a bottleneck even for performance cards such as Radeon HD 7850M/GeForce GTX 660M.
Turion II Ultra (codenamed Caspian) is the mobile version of the K10.5 architecture produced using 45 nm fabrication process, also known by its desktop variant Regor. It is a dual core processor, and features clock speeds of 2.4 GHz to 2.7 GHz, 2 MB total L2 cache (1 MB per core), HyperTransport at 3.6 GT/s, and a 128 bit FPU. It maintains a TDP of 35W from its predecessor Turion X2 Ultra (codenamed Griffin).