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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz APU A8-5550M Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 200%
Hitman 3 374% 304%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 374% 304%
The Medium 504% 415%
Resident Evil 8 291% 233%
FIFA 21 229% 181%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 241% 191%
Grand Theft Auto VI 478% 393%
Genshin Impact 166% 127%
Far Cry 6 455% 374%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A8-5550M Quad-Core is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core was released less than a year after the APU A8-5550M Quad-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A8-5550M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Pentium Dual Core. With 4 cores, the APU A8-5550M 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 Pentium Dual Core and APU A8-5550M Quad-Core 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 Dual Core has a 0.2 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 APU A8-5550M Quad-Core has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, and although the APU A8-5550M Quad-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out 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 A8-5550M Quad-Core has a 2 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core. However, the Pentium Dual Core was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium Dual Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellRichland
MoBo SocketSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947Socket FS1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Oct 201312 Mar 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs2.1 GHz
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Max TDP37 Wvs35 W
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L1 Cache Size128 KBvs192 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs4096 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is a budget processor, part of the Haswell Refresh CPUs released in April of 2014.
Based on 22nm architecture, the Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz has many of the Haswell features disabled, including Hyper and Multi Treading. The Processor should not consume more than 37 Watts.
This CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz and comes with a weak Intel HD (Haswell) mobile chip which raises to 1100MHz in Turbo Mode and will only be seen in smaller cheaper notebooks.
Its performance is average and will only provide modest gaming though most modern demanding games will run fluently.
APU A8-5550M Quad-Core is a fast-middle-class mobile processor based on the 32nm, Richland micro-architecture.
It offers 4 Cores, initially clocked at 2.1GHz that go up to 3.1GHz, in Turbo Mode and 4MB of L2 Cache. It features integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8550G which offer 256 Shader Processing Units and are substantially faster than previous Radeon HD 7640G. The max memory speed supported by the CPU is DDR3-1600. It consumes up to 35 Watt.
This CPU should only be paired with performance GPUs such as Radeon HD 7850M/GeForce GTX 660M.