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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz Phenom 8850B Triple-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 157%
Hitman 3 89% 246%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 89% 246%
The Medium 141% 341%
Resident Evil 8 56% 185%
FIFA 21 31% 140%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 36% 149%
Grand Theft Auto VI 131% 322%
Genshin Impact 6% 95%
Far Cry 6 122% 306%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom 8850B Triple-Core 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 A12-9800E 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Phenom 8850B Triple-Core, and so the APU A12-9800E 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Phenom 8850B Triple-Core when running the latest games.

The APU A12-9800E 4-Core has 1 more core than the Phenom 8850B Triple-Core. With 4 cores, the APU A12-9800E 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The APU A12-9800E 4-Core has 1 more threads than the Phenom 8850B Triple-Core. Both CPUs have one thread 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core and Phenom 8850B Triple-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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a 0.6 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the APU A12-9800E 4-Core.

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 A12-9800E 4-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom 8850B Triple-Core, and although the APU A12-9800E 4-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a 60 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 8850B Triple-Core, and was created with a 37 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A12-9800E 4-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 CodenameBristol RidgeToliman
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Sep 201621 Oct 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs3
CPU Threads4vs3
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs95 W
Lithography28 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1536 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 28nm Excavator microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical) initially clocked at 3.1GHz, rising to 3.8GHz in boost mode. It has an unlocked multiplier and therefore can overclocked using traditional methods. It has 2MB of L2 Cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a low-end, power-efficient CPU. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. The APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz features integrated Radeon R7 3rd Gen GCN graphics with 512 Shaders and a maximum clock speed of 900MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that will struggle to run any modern game at 720p.Phenom 8850B Triple-Core is a business-class processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), clocked at 2.5GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

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