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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600
Cyberpunk 2077 470% 502%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 667% 711%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 452% 484%
FIFA 21 433% 463%
Watch Dogs Legion 667% 711%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 546% 582%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 786% 836%
Grand Theft Auto VI 837% 890%
Godfall 1001% 1063%
Genshin Impact 332% 356%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz is marginally 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 Turion II Ultra was released less than a year after the Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz has 2 more cores than the Turion II Ultra. With 4 cores, the Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz 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 Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz 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 2.4 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 Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz 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 Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz 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 Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz, 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 Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz has a 33 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion II Ultra, and was created with a 31 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Atom x5-Z8300 1.44GHz 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 CodenameCherry TrailCaspian
MoBo SocketBGA592Socket S1g3
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Nov -000110 Sep 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed-vs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency1.84 GHzvs-
Max TDP2 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAtom x5-Z8300 4-Core 1.44GHz is a power efficient mobile/tablets CPU based on the 14nm, Cherry Trail architecture. It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.44GHz, which may go up to 1.84GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache. Among its features, Virtualization and Secure Boot are activated. The processor integrates Graphics called Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), initially clocked at 200MHz and that go up to 500MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of just 2W. Its performance is below average and sufficient for office or school work or non-demanding games and even those with significantly reduced settings. 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).