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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A12-9800 4-Core 3.8GHz APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 35% 40%
Hitman 3 82% 89%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 82% 89%
The Medium 131% 141%
Resident Evil 8 50% 56%
FIFA 21 26% 31%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 31% 36%
Grand Theft Auto VI 122% 131%
Genshin Impact 2% 6%
Far Cry 6 113% 122%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A12-9800 4-Core 3.8GHz is very slightly better than the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz 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 less than a year after the APU A12-9800E 4-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The APU A12-9800 4-Core and the APU A12-9800E 4-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD APU A12-9800 4-Core 3.8GHz and the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz have the same number of threads. 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 the APU A12-9800E 4-Core are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.7 GHz faster base clock rate, the APU A12-9800 4-Core manages to provide significantly better performance than the APU A12-9800E 4-Core. What is more, the APU A12-9800 4-Core also manages to eke 0.4 GHz higher frequency when being stressed by CPU-intensive applications.

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 and the APU A12-9800E 4-Core have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. They even have the same L1 cache size, so are identical in terms of cache size.

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.

Both the APU A12-9800 4-Core and the APU A12-9800E 4-Core have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 28 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameBristol RidgeBristol Ridge
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Jul 201705 Sep 2016
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.8 GHzvs3.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography28 nmvs28 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs90°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size320 KBvs320 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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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.The 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.