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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325 Core i3-U330 1.2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 1019% 657%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1406% 919%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 984% 633%
FIFA 21 946% 608%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1739% 1144%
Far Cry 6 1665% 1094%
Genshin Impact 747% 473%
Hitman 3 1406% 919%
Watch Dogs Legion 1406% 919%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 1102% 713%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-U330 1.2GHz is very slightly better than the AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325 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 Core i3-U330 1.2GHz was released less than a year after the Athlon Neo X2, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Athlon Neo X2 and the Core i3-U330 1.2GHz 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 Athlon Neo X2 and the Core i3-U330 1.2GHz 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 Athlon Neo X2 and Core i3-U330 1.2GHz 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 Athlon Neo X2 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 .

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 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-U330 1.2GHz, and although the Athlon Neo X2 does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out 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.

Both the Athlon Neo X2 and the Core i3-U330 1.2GHz have the same TDP of 18 Watts, but the Core i3-U330 1.2GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameConesusArrandale
MoBo SocketSocket 812rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Jun 200924 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed1.5 GHzvs1.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP18 Wvs18 W
Lithography65 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs32 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsnono

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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.The Core i3 was intended to be the new low end of the performance processor line from Intel, following the retirement of the Core 2 brand.
The first Core i3 processors were launched on January 7, 2010.
The first Nehalem based Core i3 was Clarkdale-based, with an integrated GPU and two cores.[20] The same processor is also available as Core i5 and Pentium, with slightly different configurations.
The Core i3-3xxM processors are based on Arrandale, the mobile version of the Clarkdale desktop processor. They are similar to the Core i5-4xx series but running at lower clock speeds and without Turbo Boost.