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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core E5500 2.8GHz Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 401% 433%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 574% 618%
Watch Dogs Legion 574% 618%
Genshin Impact 279% 304%
FIFA 21 368% 399%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 555% 597%
eFootball PES 2021 438% 473%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 467% 504%
Marvel's Avengers 555% 597%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 438% 473%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core E5500 2.8GHz is marginally better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core E6300 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 E5500 2.8GHz was released over a year more recently than the E6300 2.8GHz, and so the E5500 2.8GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The E5500 2.8GHz and the E6300 2.8GHz 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 E5500 2.8GHz and the E6300 2.8GHz 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 E5500 2.8GHz and the E6300 2.8GHz are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. That isn't particularly helpful, however, as the E5500 2.8GHz and the E6300 2.8GHz provide identical clock rates and thus extremely similar performance.

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 E5500 2.8GHz and the E6300 2.8GHz 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 E5500 2.8GHz and the E6300 2.8GHz have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 45 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameWolfdale-3MWolfdale-3M
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date18 Apr 201001 Jan 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs2.8 GHz
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Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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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.
The 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.