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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Gold G5600T 2-Core 3.3GHz Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 55% 125%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 109% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 50% 118%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 76% 155%
FIFA 21 45% 111%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 67% 142%
Genshin Impact 18% 71%
Grand Theft Auto VI 155% 270%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 141% 250%
Watch Dogs Legion 109% 203%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Gold G5600T 2-Core 3.3GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition 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 Gold G5600T was released over three years more recently than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and so the Pentium Gold G5600T is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core when running the latest games.

The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Pentium Gold G5600T. With 4 cores, the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the Intel Pentium Gold G5600T 2-Core 3.3GHz and the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition have the same number of threads. The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Pentium Gold G5600T uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads 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 Pentium Gold G5600T and Phenom 9600 Quad-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 Gold G5600T has a 1 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 Phenom 9600 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Gold G5600T, but on the other hand, it is the Pentium Gold G5600T that has a 2 MB bigger L3 cache than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core.

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 Gold G5600T has a 90 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and was created with a 51 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium Gold G5600T 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 Gold G5600T 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-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 Intel UHD Graphics 630, 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 CodenameCoffee Lake SAgena
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Mar 201927 Mar 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.3 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.3 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs125 W
Lithography14 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs2 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mmvs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Pentium Gold G5600T 2-Core 3.3GHz is a budget processor based on the 14nm Coffee Lake architecture. It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical) clocked at 3.3GHz, and 4MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, Hyperthreading, Virtualization, and Enhanced SpeedStep are activated. The processor integrates Graphics called Intel UHD Graphics 630 (Coffee Lake), with 23 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz in Turbo Mode which shares the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. It will struggle to run the latest AAA games at playable frame rates. Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W. Intel's Pentium Gold G5600T 2-Core 3.3GHz offers good budget performance and is classified in the low-end range of processors. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications, particularly modern games which rely on multiple cores.Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition is a performance processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.3GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the processor has unlocked multiplier, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.