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Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 235%
Hitman 3 374% 351%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 374% 351%
Resident Evil 8 291% 272%
FIFA 21 229% 213%
Grand Theft Auto VI 478% 450%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 241% 224%
Genshin Impact 166% 153%
The Medium 504% 474%
Far Cry 6 455% 428%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz is marginally 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 Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core and the Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core and Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz 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 0.4 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz, but on the other hand, it is the Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz that has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache than the Pentium Dual Core.

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 Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core (though they were created with the same size 22 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz 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 CodenameHaswellIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947BGA 1023
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Oct 201320 Jan 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs1.9 GHz
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Max TDP37 Wvs17 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs3 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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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.
Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz is an ULV processor based on the 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture with many important features activated such as Hyper-Threading (but not Turbo Boost), which is optimized for low power consumption.
It features 2 Cores (4 Threads), clocked at 1.9GHz and integrated graphics called Intel HD 4000 which run at 350MHz (1100 MHz in Turbo mode). The CPU supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory types.
Its performance is below the average and it should only be paired with entry-level GFX such as GeForce 610M or Radeon HD 7490M.