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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon 5350 Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 278% 371%
Minecraft: Dungeons 278% 371%
Call of Duty Warzone 230% 311%
Grand Theft Auto VI 545% 705%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 376% 493%
Valorant 128% 184%
Maneater 278% 371%
Phantasy Star Online 2 20% 0%
Doom Eternal 429% 559%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 499% 647%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 5350 is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz 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 three years more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Athlon 5350 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium Dual Core when running the latest games.

The Athlon 5350 has 2 more cores than the Pentium 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 Pentium 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 Pentium 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 0.883 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 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, and although the Athlon 5350 does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it 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 Athlon 5350 has a 48 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 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 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 8400, 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 CodenameKabiniClarkdale
MoBo SocketSocket AM1LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date09 Apr 201409 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs2
Clock Speed2.05 GHzvs2.933 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP25 Wvs73 W
Lithography28 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Voltage Range-vs0.6500V-1.4000V KB
Max Temperature90°Cvs72.6°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs17 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 8400no
Base GPU Frequency-vs533 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs2
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs37.5mm x 37.5mm
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs2
PCIe Configurations-vs2

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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.
- Note that these are also dual core, but under the Pentium brand. - Based on Westmere microarchitecture - All models support: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST), Intel 64, XD bit (an NX bit implementation), Intel VT-x, Smart Cache.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementIntel Quick Sync Video
AMDBusiness ClassIntel InTru 3D
AMD Black EditionIntel Insider
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options