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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon 5350 APU A4-5300 Dual-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 278% 286%
Call of Duty Warzone 230% 237%
Grand Theft Auto VI 545% 560%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 376% 386%
Minecraft: Dungeons 278% 286%
Maneater 278% 286%
Valorant 128% 133%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 374% 384%
Doom Eternal 429% 440%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 499% 512%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 5350 is marginally better than the AMD APU A4-5300 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 Athlon 5350 was released over a year more recently than the APU A4-5300 Dual-Core, and so the Athlon 5350 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Athlon 5350 has 2 more cores than the APU A4-5300 Dual-Core. With 4 cores, the Athlon 5350 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Athlon 5350 has 2 more threads than the APU A4-5300 Dual-Core. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 Athlon 5350 and APU A4-5300 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 A4-5300 Dual-Core has a 1.35 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 Athlon 5350 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 Athlon 5350 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU A4-5300 Dual-Core, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Athlon 5350 wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 Athlon 5350 has a 40 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A4-5300 Dual-Core, and was created with a 4 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Athlon 5350 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 Athlon 5350 and the APU A4-5300 Dual-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

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 CodenameKabiniTrinity
MoBo SocketSocket AM1Socket FM2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date09 Apr 201402 Oct 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs2
Clock Speed2.05 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.6 GHz
Max TDP25 Wvs65 W
Lithography28 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs96 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
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Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 8400Radeon HD 7480D
Base GPU Frequency-vs723 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAthlon 5350 is a low-budget quad-core processor based on the Jaguar microarchitecture.
Athlon 5350 packs 4 Kabini Cores, clocked at 2.05GHz and weak integrated graphics called Radeon HD 8400 that offer 128 Shader Processing Units and come clocked at 600MHz. The rated TDP is of 25W, thus the processor is suited for weaker systems.
The performance of the processor is quite average, while the integrated graphics can only run most modern games at the lowest settings.
APU A4-5300 Dual-Core is an entry-level CPU based on the 32nm, Piledriver architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), initially clocked at 3.4GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Radeon HD 7480D, with 128 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 723MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.