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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-9100T 4-Core 3.1GHz Atom S1220 1.6GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 49% 489%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10% 336%
Halo: Reach 38% 143%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 65% 550%
Cyberpunk 2077 27% 400%
Borderlands 3 49% 489%
FIFA 20 7% 321%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 49% 489%
eFootball PES 2020 23% 384%
Detroit: Become Human 27% 403%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-9100T 4-Core 3.1GHz is massively better than the Intel Atom S1220 1.6GHz 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 Core i3-9100T 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Atom S1220 1.6GHz, and so the Core i3-9100T 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Atom S1220 1.6GHz when running the latest games.

The Core i3-9100T 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Atom S1220 1.6GHz. With 4 cores, the Core i3-9100T 4-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 Core i3-9100T 4-Core and Atom S1220 1.6GHz 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 Core i3-9100T 4-Core has a 1.5 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 Core i3-9100T 4-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 Core i3-9100T 4-Core and the Atom S1220 1.6GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Atom S1220 1.6GHz does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Core i3-9100T 4-Core definitely wins out 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 S1220 1.6GHz has a 27 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-9100T 4-Core. However, the Core i3-9100T 4-Core was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i3-9100T 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Core i3-9100T 4-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 Atom S1220 1.6GHz, 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 RCenterton
MoBo SocketLGA 1151BGA 1283
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Apr 201911 Dec 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs1.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.7 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs8 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs112 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size6144 MBvs-
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630no
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mmvs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-9100T 4-Core 3.1GHz is a low-end desktop CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. The 'T' suffix designates a low power draw variant of the Core i3-9300. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.1GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The i3-9100T has 6MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 64GB DDR-2666 MHz memory. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, Optane Memory Support, and Virtualization are activated. It does not feature an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. This Core i3-9100T CPU offers below average gaming performance in 2019 and may be bottleneck in a modern gaming PC. It should be able to play most modern games at 60fps on High graphics performance at any supported resolution, although may struggle with the most demanding AAA titles. Performance may become bottlenecked if playing at 144Hz and 1080p or lower screen resolution.Atom S1220 is a budget Server CPU based on the Centerton Core of the 32nm Saltwell micro-architecture.
Manufactured with a 32nm technology, it features 2 Cores (4 Threads) clocked at 1.6GHz and no Integrated Graphics. The Memory controller supports up to DDR3-1333 memory type. The Max power drawn should be of around 8W.
Its performance is overall average but there are no benchmarks available and so this CPU's rank is subject to change.

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