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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-8300T 4-Core 3.2GHz Athlon 240GE 2-Core 3.5GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 95% 85%
Hyper Scape 58% 50%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 95% 85%
Far Cry 6 120% 108%
Valorant 7% 12%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 58% 50%
Watch Dogs Legion 55% 47%
Death Stranding 71% 61%
Grand Theft Auto VI 129% 117%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 58% 50%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 240GE 2-Core 3.5GHz is very slightly better than the Intel Core i3-8300T 4-Core 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 Athlon 240GE 2-Core was released less than a year after the Core i3-8300T 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 Core i3-8300T 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Athlon 240GE 2-Core. With 4 cores, the Core i3-8300T 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the Intel Core i3-8300T 4-Core 3.2GHz and the AMD Athlon 240GE 2-Core 3.5GHz have the same number of threads. The Core i3-8300T 4-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Athlon 240GE 2-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads 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 Core i3-8300T 4-Core and Athlon 240GE 2-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 Athlon 240GE 2-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 Core i3-8300T 4-Core and the Athlon 240GE 2-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-8300T 4-Core has a 4 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Athlon 240GE 2-Core.

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 Core i3-8300T 4-Core and the Athlon 240GE 2-Core have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake SRaven Ridge
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Apr 201821 Dec 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs3.5 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs192 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Core i3-8300T 4-Core 3.2GHz is a low-end power efficient CPU based on Intel's 8th Gen 14nm Coffee Lake S microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 3.2GHz across all four cores. The i3-8300T doesn't have an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 8MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. The Core i3-8300T has support for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a very power efficient desktop processor. Among its many features are Intel Enhanced Speedstep, Turbo Boost 2.0, Virtualization, SSE3, AVX2 and SSE 4.2. It integrates Intel UHD Graphics 630 on board. It has a base frequency of 350MHz which can go up to 1.1GHz as well as offering DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer below average computational performance and will be a bottleneck in some of the most CPU-intensive AAA games from 2018 onward.The AMD Athlon 240GE 2-Core 3.5GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 14nm Zen microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 3.5GHz. It has a locked multiplier and therefore cannot overclocked using traditional methods. It has 4MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. 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. It features an integrated Vega 3 GPU with 3 Execution units, 192 Shaders, and a maximum clock speed of 1,000MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that can run less demanding eSports titles at 720p.