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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A10-9700E 4-Core 3.0GHz Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 50% 125%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 102% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 46% 118%
FIFA 21 40% 111%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 70% 155%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 134% 250%
Watch Dogs Legion 102% 203%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 70% 155%
Grand Theft Auto VI 147% 270%
Genshin Impact 14% 71%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A10-9700E 4-Core 3.0GHz 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 APU A10-9700E 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and so the APU A10-9700E 4-Core 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 APU A10-9700E 4-Core and the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD APU A10-9700E 4-Core 3.0GHz and the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition 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 A10-9700E 4-Core 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 APU A10-9700E 4-Core has a 0.7 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 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 APU A10-9700E 4-Core and the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the APU A10-9700E 4-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Phenom 9600 Quad-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 APU A10-9700E 4-Core has a 90 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and was created with a 37 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A10-9700E 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 RidgeAgena
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Sep 201627 Mar 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.5 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs125 W
Lithography28 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size320 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD APU A10-9700E 4-Core 3.0GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 28nm Excavator microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical) initially clocked at 3.0GHz, rising to 3.5HGHz 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 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 A10-9700E 4-Core 3.0GHz features integrated Radeon R7 3rd Gen GCN graphics with 512 Shaders and a maximum clock speed of 847MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that will struggle to run any modern game at 720p.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.