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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core E5500 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 401% 285%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 574% 418%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 555% 403%
Genshin Impact 279% 191%
eFootball PES 2021 438% 314%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 438% 314%
Watch Dogs Legion 574% 418%
FIFA 21 368% 260%
Marvel's Avengers 555% 403%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 467% 336%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core E5500 2.8GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core was released over three years more recently than the Core 2 Duo, and so the Pentium Dual Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core 2 Duo when running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the Core 2 Duo both have 2 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 Dual Core and the Core 2 Duo 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 Dual Core and Core 2 Duo 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 Dual Core has a 0.6 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

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 Dual Core and the Core 2 Duo have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. They even have the same L1 cache size, so are identical in terms of cache size.

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 Pentium Dual Core and the Core 2 Duo have the same TDP of 65 Watts, but the Pentium Dual Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameWolfdale-3MAllendale
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date18 Apr 201027 Jul 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads-vs2
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs2.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography45 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Pentium Dual-Core brand was used for mainstream x86-architecture microprocessors from Intel from 2006 to 2009 when it was renamed to Pentium. The processors are based on either the 32-bit Yonah or (with quite different microarchitectures) 64-bit Merom-2M, Allendale, and Wolfdale-3M core, targeted at mobile or desktop computers.
In terms of features, price and performance at a given clock frequency, Pentium Dual-Core processors were positioned above Celeron but below Core and Core 2 microprocessors in Intel's product range. The Pentium Dual-Core was also a very popular choice for overclocking, as it can deliver optimal performance (when overclocked) at a low price.
Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz is a middle-class Processor based on the 65nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.2GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

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

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.