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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325 Turion 64 Mobile ML-30
Cyberpunk 2077 1019% 2805%
Hitman 3 1406% 3811%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1406% 3811%
Resident Evil 8 1142% 3126%
FIFA 21 946% 2617%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1739% 4674%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 984% 2715%
Genshin Impact 747% 2099%
The Medium 1819% 4884%
Far Cry 6 1665% 4483%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325 is noticeably better than the AMD Turion 64 Mobile ML-30 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 Athlon Neo X2 was released over three years more recently than the Turion 64 Mobile, and so the Athlon Neo X2 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Turion 64 Mobile when running the latest games.

The Athlon Neo X2 has 1 more core than the Turion 64 Mobile. However, while the Athlon Neo X2 will probably perform better than the Turion 64 Mobile, 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 Athlon Neo X2 and Turion 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 Turion 64 Mobile has a 0.1 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 Athlon Neo X2 and the Turion 64 Mobile have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Athlon Neo X2 has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Turion 64 Mobile, 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 Athlon Neo X2 has a 17 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion 64 Mobile, and was created with a 25 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Athlon Neo X2 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 CodenameConesusLancaster
MoBo SocketSocket 812Socket 754
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Jun 200910 Mar 2005
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
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Lithography65 nmvs90 nm
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewWith 27 mm 27 mm in size and 2.5 mm in thickness, the Athlon Neo processors utilize a new package called "ASB1", essentially a BGA package, for smaller footprint to allow smaller designs for notebooks and lowering the cost. The clock of the processors is significantly lower than desktop and other mobile counterparts to reach a low TDP, at 15W maximum for a single core x86-64 CPU at 1.6 GHz. The Athlon Neo processors are equipped with 512 KB of L2 cache and HyperTransport 1.0 running at 800 MHz frequency.AMD Turion is the brand name AMD applies to its 64-bit low-power consumption (mobile) processors codenamed K8L. The Turion 64 and Turion 64 X2/Ultra processors compete with Intel's mobile processors, initially the Pentium M and the Intel Core and Intel Core 2 processors.