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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600 Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core TK-57
Cyberpunk 2077 502% 914%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 711% 1265%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 484% 883%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 582% 1049%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 547% 990%
FIFA 21 463% 848%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 836% 1477%
Watch Dogs Legion 711% 1265%
Genshin Impact 356% 668%
Grand Theft Auto VI 890% 1567%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600 is noticeably better than the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core TK-57 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 Ultra was released over a year more recently than the Athlon 64 X2, and so the Turion II Ultra is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Turion II Ultra and the Athlon 64 X2 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 Turion II Ultra and the Athlon 64 X2 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 Turion II Ultra and Athlon 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 Turion II Ultra has a 0.5 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 Turion II Ultra has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon 64 X2, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Turion II Ultra 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 X2 has a 4 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion II Ultra. However, the Turion II Ultra was created with a 20 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Turion II Ultra is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCaspianTyler
MoBo SocketSocket S1g3Socket S1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date10 Sep 200901 Jan 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs1.9 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs31 W
Lithography45 nmvs65 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewTurion II Ultra (codenamed Caspian) is the mobile version of the K10.5 architecture produced using 45 nm fabrication process, also known by its desktop variant Regor. It is a dual core processor, and features clock speeds of 2.4 GHz to 2.7 GHz, 2 MB total L2 cache (1 MB per core), HyperTransport at 3.6 GT/s, and a 128 bit FPU. It maintains a TDP of 35W from its predecessor Turion X2 Ultra (codenamed Griffin).The Athlon 64 X2 is the first dual-core desktop CPU designed by AMD. It was designed from scratch as native dual-core by using an already multi-CPU enabled Athlon 64, joining it with another functional core on one die and connect both via a shared dual-channel memory controller/north bridge and additional control logic. The initial versions are based on the E-stepping model of the Athlon 64 and, depending on the model, have either 512 or 1024 KB of L2 Cache per core. The Athlon 64 X2 is capable of decoding SSE3 instructions (except those few specific to Intel's architecture).
In June 2007, AMD released low-voltage variants of their low-end 65 nm Athlon 64 X2, named Athlon X2. The Athlon X2 processors feature reduced TDP of 45 Watts