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Game Pentium 4 Mobile 3.2GHz Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-52
Cyberpunk 2077 2220% 1274%
Call of Duty Warzone 1925% 1099%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3865% 2248%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2823% 1631%
Minecraft: Dungeons 2220% 1274%
Maneater 2220% 1274%
Valorant 1298% 728%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 2812% 1624%
Doom Eternal 3148% 1823%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 3577% 2077%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-52 is very slightly better than the Intel Pentium 4 Mobile 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 Turion 64 X2 was released less than a year after the Pentium 4 Mobile, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Turion 64 X2 has 1 more core than the Pentium 4 Mobile. However, while the Turion 64 X2 will probably perform better than the Pentium 4 Mobile, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 Pentium 4 Mobile and Turion 64 X2 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 Pentium 4 Mobile has a 1.6 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 Turion 64 X2 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 Pentium 4 Mobile and the Turion 64 X2 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Turion 64 X2 has a 240 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Pentium 4 Mobile, at least 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 Turion 64 X2 has a 57 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 Mobile (though they were created with the same size 90 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Turion 64 X2 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 CodenamePrescottTrinidad
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NSocket S1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Jun 200417 May 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor was released to address the problem of putting a full desktop Pentium 4 processor into a laptop, which some manufacturers were doing. The Mobile Pentium 4 used a 533 MHz FSB, following the desktop Pentium 4's evolution. Oddly, increasing the bus speed by 133 MHz (33 MHz core) caused a massive increase in TDPs, as mobile Pentium 4 processors gave off 59.8 W - 70 W of heat, with the Hyper-Threading variants giving off 66.1 W - 88 W. This allowed the mobile Pentium 4 to bridge the gap between the desktop Pentium 4 (giving off 115 W maximum), and the Pentium 4-M (giving off 35 W maximum).Turion 64 X2 is AMD's 64-bit dual-core mobile CPU, intended to compete with Intel's Core and Core 2 CPUs. The Turion 64 X2 was launched on May 17, 2006, after several delays. These processors use Socket S1, and feature DDR2 memory. They also include AMD Virtualization Technology and more power-saving features. AMD first produced the Turion 64 X2 on IBM's 90 nm Silicon on insulator (SOI) process (cores with the Taylor codename). As of May 2007, they have switched to a 65 nm Silicon-Germanium stressed process[citation needed], which was recently achieved through the combined effort of IBM and AMD, with 40% improvement over comparable 65 nm processes[citation needed]. The earlier 90 nm devices were codenamed Taylor and Trinidad, while the newer 65 nm cores have codename Tyler.