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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5400+ Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+
Cyberpunk 2077 310% 329%
Red Dead Redemption 2 318% 338%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 258% 274%
Doom Eternal 297% 315%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 417% 441%
Planet Zoo 383% 405%
Grand Theft Auto VI 601% 633%
Need For Speed Heat 308% 327%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 2% 7%
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem 265% 282%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5400+ is marginally better than the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+ 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 Core 5400+ was released over a year more recently than the Core 5000+, and so the Core 5400+ is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core 5400+ and the Core 5000+ 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 Core 5400+ and the Core 5000+ may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5400+ and the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+ have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 Core 5400+ and the Core 5000+ are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.2 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core 5400+ manages to provide marginally better performance than the Core 5000+.

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 Core 5400+ and the Core 5000+ have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. They even have the same L1 cache size, so are identical in terms of cache size.

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 Core 5400+ and the Core 5000+ have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 65 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameBrisbaneBrisbane
MoBo SocketSocket AM2Socket AM2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Jan 200805 Dec 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs2
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs2.6 GHz
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Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography65 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature72°Cvs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAthlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5400+ is a middle-class Processor based on the 65nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.8GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.
Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+ is a middle-class Processor based on the 65nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.6GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.

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