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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A12-9800 4-Core 3.8GHz Pentium G3250 3.2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 89% 160%
Hyper Scape 53% 111%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 89% 160%
Far Cry 6 113% 194%
Valorant 10% 25%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 53% 111%
Watch Dogs Legion 50% 107%
Death Stranding 65% 127%
Grand Theft Auto VI 122% 206%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 53% 111%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A12-9800 4-Core 3.8GHz is massively better than the Intel Pentium G3250 3.2GHz 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 A12-9800 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Pentium G3250 3.2GHz, and so the APU A12-9800 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium G3250 3.2GHz when running the latest games.

The APU A12-9800 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Pentium G3250 3.2GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A12-9800 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The APU A12-9800 4-Core has 2 more threads than the Pentium G3250 3.2GHz. 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 A12-9800 4-Core and Pentium G3250 3.2GHz 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 A12-9800 4-Core has a 0.3 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 A12-9800 4-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium G3250 3.2GHz, and although the APU A12-9800 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 A12-9800 4-Core has a 18 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium G3250 3.2GHz. However, the Pentium G3250 3.2GHz was created with a 6 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A12-9800 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Pentium G3250 3.2GHz 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 APU A12-9800 4-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 HD Graphics Desktop (Haswell), 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 CodenameBristol RidgeHaswell
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket 1150 / H3 / LGA1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Jul 201720 Jul 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs2
Clock Speed3.8 GHzvs3.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs53 W
Lithography28 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size320 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics Desktop (Haswell)
Base GPU Frequency-vs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1250 MHz
DirectX-vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD APU A12-9800 4-Core 3.8GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 28nm Excavator microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical) initially clocked at 3.8GHz, rising to 4.2GHz 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 APU A12-9800 4-Core 3.8GHz features integrated Radeon R7 3rd Gen GCN graphics with 512 Shaders and a maximum clock speed of 1,108MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that will struggle to run any modern game at 720p.Pentium G3250 3.2GHz is a budget processor based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 3.2GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Haswell), with 10 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, 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 54W.

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