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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Extreme Edition 955 Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 411% 628%
Call of Duty Warzone 346% 535%
Grand Theft Auto VI 773% 1144%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 544% 817%
Minecraft: Dungeons 411% 628%
Maneater 411% 628%
Valorant 208% 339%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 541% 813%
Doom Eternal 615% 919%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 709% 1054%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz 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 Dual Core was released less than a year after the Pentium Extreme Edition, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Pentium Extreme Edition and the Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Extreme Edition and the Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Extreme Edition 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 Extreme Edition has a 1.067 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 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 Pentium Extreme Edition has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium Extreme Edition 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 65 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Extreme Edition (though they were created with the same size 65 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Pentium Dual Core 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNetburstAllendale
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Dec 200502 Mar 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium Extreme Edition 955 is a performance Processor based on the 65nm, Netburst architecture.
It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.467GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 130W.

Its performance lies close to AMD's 64 X2 Processors.
The Intel Pentium Dual-Core brand refers to mainstream x86-architecture microprocessors from Intel. With the exception of a few early Yonah based mobile models, they are now all based on the 64-bit Core microarchitecture. Pentium Dual-Core lacks the SSE4.1 instruction found in the 45 nm Core 2 processors.