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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium N3540 2.16GHz Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600
Cyberpunk 2077 343% 502%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 496% 711%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 329% 484%
Watch Dogs Legion 496% 711%
Godfall 755% 1063%
FIFA 21 314% 463%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 401% 582%
Grand Theft Auto VI 628% 890%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 588% 836%
Genshin Impact 235% 356%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium N3540 2.16GHz is noticeably 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 Pentium N3540 2.16GHz was released over three years more recently than the Turion II Ultra, and so the Pentium N3540 2.16GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Turion II Ultra when running the latest games.

The Pentium N3540 2.16GHz has 2 more cores than the Turion II Ultra. With 4 cores, the Pentium N3540 2.16GHz is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 N3540 2.16GHz 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 Ultra has a 0.24 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 Pentium N3540 2.16GHz and the Turion II Ultra have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Turion II Ultra has a 32 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Pentium N3540 2.16GHz, 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 Pentium N3540 2.16GHz has a 27 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion II Ultra, and was created with a 23 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium N3540 2.16GHz 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 Pentium N3540 2.16GHz 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 Turion II Ultra, 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 Intel HD Graphics Mobile (Ivy Bridge), 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 CodenameBay Trail-MCaspian
MoBo SocketBGA 1170Socket S1g3
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date20 Jul 201410 Sep 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed2.16 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.66 GHzvs-
Max TDP8 Wvs35 W
Lithography22 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size224 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics Mobile (Ivy Bridge)no
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1100 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium N3540 2.16GHz is an energy efficient quad core mobile processor, based on the 22nm Silvermont architecture.
The Pentium N3540 2.16GHz offers 4-Cores, clocked at 2.16GHz and weak integrated graphics.
The Pentium N3520 2.16GHz does not offer the the multi-threading technology but it offers the Turbo Boost technology which raises its clock speed to up to 2.66 GHz.
Still, its TDP is of only around 8 Watts and its performance is quite far from Intel's Core i3 Series.
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).