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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium 4 Mobile 3.2GHz Athlon 64 Mobile 3000+
Cyberpunk 2077 2220% 2327%
Call of Duty Warzone 1925% 2018%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3865% 4048%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2823% 2958%
Maneater 2220% 2327%
Valorant 1298% 1363%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 2812% 2946%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 3577% 3747%
Doom Eternal 3148% 3298%
Mafia 2: Definitive Edition 2146% 2250%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium 4 Mobile 3.2GHz is marginally better than the AMD Athlon 64 Mobile 3000+ 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 Pentium 4 Mobile was released less than a year after the Athlon 64 Mobile, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful CPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The Pentium 4 Mobile and the Athlon 64 Mobile both have 1 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Pentium 4 Mobile and the Athlon 64 Mobile may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 Athlon 64 Mobile 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 1.2 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. 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 Pentium 4 Mobile has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon 64 Mobile, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium 4 Mobile wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 Athlon 64 Mobile has a 53 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 Athlon 64 Mobile 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 CodenamePrescottOakville
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NSocket 754
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Jun 200415 Dec 2003
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
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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).Previously introduced as Mobile Athlon 64, Turion 64 is now the brand name AMD applies to its 64-bit low-power consumption (mobile) processors. The Turion 64 and Turion 64 X2 processors compete with Intel's mobile processors, initially the Pentium M and currently the Intel Core and Intel Core 2 processors. Earlier Turion 64 processors are compatible with AMD's Socket 754. The newer Richmond models are designed for AMD's Socket S1. They are equipped with 512 or 1024?KB of L2 cache, a 64-bit single channel on-die memory controller, and an 800?MHz HyperTransport bus. Battery saving features, like PowerNow!, are central to the marketing and usefulness of these CPUs.