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Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz APU A6-4400M Dual-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 470%
Hitman 3 374% 668%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 374% 668%
Resident Evil 8 291% 533%
FIFA 21 229% 433%
Grand Theft Auto VI 478% 837%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 241% 453%
The Medium 504% 878%
Genshin Impact 166% 332%
Far Cry 6 455% 800%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is significantly better than the AMD APU A6-4400M Dual-Core 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 over a year more recently than the APU A6-4400M Dual-Core, and so the Pentium Dual Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the APU A6-4400M Dual-Core 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 APU A6-4400M Dual-Core 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 APU A6-4400M Dual-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 APU A6-4400M 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 and the APU A6-4400M Dual-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the APU A6-4400M Dual-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Pentium Dual Core definitely 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 A6-4400M Dual-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.

The APU A6-4400M Dual-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Pentium Dual Core, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon HD 7520G, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellTrinity
MoBo SocketSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947Socket FS1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Oct 201315 May 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs2.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP37 Wvs35 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs160 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsnoRadeon HD 7520G
Base GPU Frequency-vs496 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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.
Fusion A6-4400M Dual Core is a Mobile CPU with 2 Cores and Threads and part of the APUs family released by AMD in 2010/2012.
It's based on the Piledriver architecture and each core is clocked at 2.7GHz and can go to up to 3.2GHz.
It features integrated graphics called Radeon HD 7520G that offer light gaming performance.
The performance falls behind most Intel i5 Sandy and Ivy Bridge and might not be sufficient enough for intensive CPU game/tasks.