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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Turion II Dual-Core Mobile P520 Core i3-M370 2.4GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 605% 376%
Red Dead Redemption 2 619% 386%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 515% 316%
Doom Eternal 582% 361%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 788% 500%
Planet Zoo 729% 460%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1104% 714%
Need For Speed Heat 601% 374%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 76% 19%
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem 528% 324%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-M370 2.4GHz is noticeably better than the AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile P520 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-M370 2.4GHz was released less than a year after the Turion II Dual-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Turion II Dual-Core and the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz 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 Dual-Core and the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz 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 Dual-Core and Core i3-M370 2.4GHz 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 Core i3-M370 2.4GHz 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 Turion II Dual-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz, and although the Turion II Dual-Core 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.

The Turion II Dual-Core has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz. However, the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameChamplainArrandale
MoBo SocketSocket S1g4rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 May 201020 Jun 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP25 Wvs35 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewTurion 64 X2 is AMD's 64-bit dual-core mobile CPU, intended to compete with Intel's Core and Core 2 CPUs. The Turion 64 X2 was launched on May 17, 2006, after several delays. These processors use Socket S1, and feature DDR2 memory. They also include AMD Virtualization Technology and more power-saving features. AMD first produced the Turion 64 X2 on IBM's 90 nm Silicon on insulator (SOI) process (cores with the Taylor codename). As of May 2007, they have switched to a 65 nm Silicon-Germanium stressed process[citation needed], which was recently achieved through the combined effort of IBM and AMD, with 40% improvement over comparable 65 nm processes. The earlier 90 nm devices were codenamed Taylor and Trinidad, while the newer 65 nm cores have codename Tyler.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.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.

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