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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-10100TE 4-Core 2.30GHz Phenom II X4 905e
Cyberpunk 2077 37% 95%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 84% 163%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 32% 89%
FIFA 21 28% 82%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 55% 121%
Watch Dogs Legion 84% 163%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 112% 203%
Grand Theft Auto VI 125% 221%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 55% 121%
Genshin Impact 3% 48%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-10100TE 4-Core 2.30GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom II X4 905e 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 Core i3-10100TE 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Phenom II X4, and so the Core i3-10100TE 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Phenom II X4 when running the latest games.

The Core i3-10100TE 4-Core and the Phenom II X4 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Core i3-10100TE 4-Core has 4 more threads than the Phenom II X4. The Phenom II X4 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i3-10100TE 4-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 i3-10100TE 4-Core and Phenom II X4 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 Phenom II X4 has a 0.2 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 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 Core i3-10100TE 4-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom II X4, and was created with a 31 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-10100TE 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).

The Core i3-10100TE 4-Core 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 Phenom II X4, 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 UHD Graphics 630, 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 Codename-Deneb
MoBo SocketLGA 1200Socket AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date04 Feb 202002 Jun 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.6 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs64 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-10100TE 4-Core 2.30GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 2.30 GHz, which may go up to 3.60 GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i3-10100TE has 6MB of L3 Cache.Phenom II X4 905e is an energy efficient processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.5GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

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