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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-1450 Quad-Core Turion II Dual-Core Mobile P520
Cyberpunk 2077 590% 605%
Call of Duty Warzone 502% 515%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1079% 1104%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 769% 788%
Minecraft: Dungeons 590% 605%
Maneater 590% 605%
Valorant 316% 325%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 766% 784%
Doom Eternal 866% 887%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 993% 1017%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-1450 Quad-Core is marginally better than the AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile P520 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 A6-1450 Quad-Core was released over three years more recently than the Turion II Dual-Core, and so the APU A6-1450 Quad-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Turion II Dual-Core when running the latest games.

The APU A6-1450 Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Turion II Dual-Core. With 4 cores, the APU A6-1450 Quad-Core 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 APU A6-1450 Quad-Core and Turion II 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 Turion II Dual-Core has a 1.3 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 A6-1450 Quad-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 A6-1450 Quad-Core and the Turion II Dual-Core 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.

The APU A6-1450 Quad-Core has a 17 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion II Dual-Core, and was created with a 17 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A6-1450 Quad-Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU A6-1450 Quad-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 Turion II 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 8250, 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-A1Champlain
MoBo SocketBGA769 (FT3)Socket S1g4
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date11 Sep 201312 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed1 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency1.4 GHzvs-
Max TDP8 Wvs25 W
Lithography28 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

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

GraphicsRadeon HD 8250no
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency400 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A6-1450 is a micro mobile processor based on the 28nm, Jaguar microarchitecture, exclusively for tablets.

It offers 4 codenamed 'Temash' Cores clocked at 1.0GHz that go up to 1.4GHz, in Turbo Mode and a total of 2MB of L2 Cache. The processor also features very weak integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8250 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.
Turion 64 X2 is AMD's 64-bit dual-core mobile CPU, intended to compete with Intel's Core and Core 2 CPUs. The Turion 64 X2 was launched on May 17, 2006, after several delays. These processors use Socket S1, and feature DDR2 memory. They also include AMD Virtualization Technology and more power-saving features. AMD first produced the Turion 64 X2 on IBM's 90 nm Silicon on insulator (SOI) process (cores with the Taylor codename). As of May 2007, they have switched to a 65 nm Silicon-Germanium stressed process[citation needed], which was recently achieved through the combined effort of IBM and AMD, with 40% improvement over comparable 65 nm processes. The earlier 90 nm devices were codenamed Taylor and Trinidad, while the newer 65 nm cores have codename Tyler.