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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-1200 Dual-Core Pentium 4 Mobile 3.2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 1567% 2220%
Minecraft: Dungeons 1567% 2220%
Call of Duty Warzone 1354% 1925%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2748% 3865%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2000% 2823%
Valorant 904% 1298%
Maneater 1567% 2220%
Phantasy Star Online 2 253% 392%
Doom Eternal 2233% 3148%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 2542% 3577%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A4-1200 Dual-Core is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 Mobile 3.2GHz 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 A4-1200 Dual-Core was released over three years more recently than the Pentium 4 Mobile, and so the APU A4-1200 Dual-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium 4 Mobile when running the latest games.

The APU A4-1200 Dual-Core has 1 more core than the Pentium 4 Mobile. However, while the APU A4-1200 Dual-Core will probably perform better than the Pentium 4 Mobile, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 A4-1200 Dual-Core and Pentium 4 Mobile 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 4 Mobile has a 2.2 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. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the APU A4-1200 Dual-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 A4-1200 Dual-Core and the Pentium 4 Mobile have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the APU A4-1200 Dual-Core has a 112 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Pentium 4 Mobile, 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 A4-1200 Dual-Core has a 84 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 Mobile, and was created with a 62 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A4-1200 Dual-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU A4-1200 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 4 Mobile, 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 8180, 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 CodenameJaguar Temash KB-A1Prescott
MoBo SocketBGA769 (FT3)Socket 478/Socket N
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date23 May 201301 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed1 GHzvs3.2 GHz
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Max TDP4 Wvs88 W
Lithography28 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs16 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 8180no
Base GPU Frequency225 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
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Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A4-1200 is a micro mobile processor based on the 28nm, Jaguar microarchitecture, exclusively for tablets.

It offers 2 codenamed 'Temash' Cores clocked at 1.0GHz and a total of 1MB of L2 Cache. The processor also features very weak integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8210 with 128 Shader Processing Units that are based on the GCN architecture.

Its performance is very very limited and will be a bottleneck for most games and applications.
The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor was released to address the problem of putting a full desktop Pentium 4 processor into a laptop, which some manufacturers were doing. The Mobile Pentium 4 used a 533 MHz FSB, following the desktop Pentium 4's evolution. Oddly, increasing the bus speed by 133 MHz (33 MHz core) caused a massive increase in TDPs, as mobile Pentium 4 processors gave off 59.8 W - 70 W of heat, with the Hyper-Threading variants giving off 66.1 W - 88 W. This allowed the mobile Pentium 4 to bridge the gap between the desktop Pentium 4 (giving off 115 W maximum), and the Pentium 4-M (giving off 35 W maximum).