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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Turion II Neo K625 Pentium M 1.8GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 866% 1845%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1201% 2518%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 836% 1785%
FIFA 21 804% 1719%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 994% 2103%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1402% 2924%
Watch Dogs Legion 1201% 2518%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 994% 2103%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1488% 3097%
Genshin Impact 632% 1373%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Turion II Neo K625 is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium M 1.8GHz 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 II Neo was released over three years more recently than the Pentium M 1.8GHz, and so the Turion II Neo is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium M 1.8GHz when running the latest games.

The Turion II Neo has 1 more core than the Pentium M 1.8GHz. However, while the Turion II Neo will probably perform better than the Pentium M 1.8GHz, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 Turion II Neo and Pentium M 1.8GHz 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 M 1.8GHz 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. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Turion II Neo.

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 Turion II Neo and the Pentium M 1.8GHz have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Turion II Neo has a 192 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Pentium M 1.8GHz, 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 II Neo has a 6 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium M 1.8GHz, and was created with a 45 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Turion II Neo will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameGenevaDothan
MoBo SocketSocket 812Socket 479
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 May 201010 May 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
Clock Speed1.5 GHzvs1.8 GHz
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System Bus -vs400 MHz
Max TDP15 Wvs21 W
Lithography45 nmvs90 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewTurion II Neo K625 is a Dual core mobile CPU based on the 45 nm Geneva Core.
It features 2 cores, clocked 1.5GHz and the fastest supported memory is DDR3-1066.
Its performance is below the average but decent enough to run most games from medium to high settings fluently, if paired with the appropriate GPU, obviously. However, the most demanding games will require very reduced settings to be played optimally.
The Pentium M brand refers to a family of mobile single-core x86 microprocessors (with the modified Intel P6 microarchitecture) introduced in March 2003 (during the heyday of the Pentium 4 desktop CPUs), and forming a part of the Intel Carmel notebook platform under the then new Centrino brand. The Pentium M processors had a maximum thermal design power (TDP) of 5?27 W depending on the model, and were intended for use in laptops (thus the 'M' suffix standing for mobile). They evolved from the core of the last Pentium III?branded CPU by adding the front-side bus (FSB) interface of Pentium 4, an improved instruction decoding and issuing front end, improved branch prediction, SSE2 support, and a much larger cache. The first Pentium M?branded CPU, code-named Banias, was followed by Dothan. The Pentium M-branded processors were succeeded by the Core-branded dual-core mobile Yonah CPU with a modified microarchitecture.