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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Turion II Dual-Core Mobile N530 Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600
Cyberpunk 2077 470% 502%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 668% 711%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 453% 484%
FIFA 21 433% 463%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 546% 582%
Watch Dogs Legion 668% 711%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 787% 836%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 546% 582%
Grand Theft Auto VI 837% 890%
Genshin Impact 332% 356%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile N530 is marginally better than the AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600 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 Turion II Dual-Core was released less than a year after the Turion II Ultra, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Turion II Dual-Core and the Turion II Ultra 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 Turion II Dual-Core and the Turion II Ultra 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 Turion II Dual-Core and Turion II Ultra 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 Turion II Dual-Core has a 0.1 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 Turion II Dual-Core and the Turion II Ultra 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 Turion II Dual-Core and the Turion II Ultra have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 45 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameChamplainCaspian
MoBo SocketSocket S1g4Socket S1g3
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 May 201010 Sep 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.5 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsnono

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size3.5cm x 3.5cmvs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewTurion II is identical to Turion II Ultra, except that the Turion II features only 2 MB of L2 cache (1 MB per core), and higher clock speeds ranging from 2.3 GHz to 2.7 GHz.
The Turion II Dual-Core Mobile N530 is a 64-bit mobile processor with 2.5GHz clock speed and memory support for DDR3 SDRAM, DDR3L and SDRAM. Codenamed Champlain, it is based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture.
Turion II Ultra (codenamed Caspian) is the mobile version of the K10.5 architecture produced using 45 nm fabrication process, also known by its desktop variant Regor. It is a dual core processor, and features clock speeds of 2.4 GHz to 2.7 GHz, 2 MB total L2 cache (1 MB per core), HyperTransport at 3.6 GT/s, and a 128 bit FPU. It maintains a TDP of 35W from its predecessor Turion X2 Ultra (codenamed Griffin).