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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A8-3500M Quad-Core Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600
Cyberpunk 2077 346% 502%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 500% 711%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 332% 484%
FIFA 21 317% 463%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 405% 582%
Watch Dogs Legion 500% 711%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 593% 836%
Grand Theft Auto VI 632% 890%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 405% 582%
Genshin Impact 237% 356%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A8-3500M Quad-Core is noticeably better than the AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600 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 APU A8-3500M Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Turion II Ultra, and so the APU A8-3500M Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A8-3500M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Turion II Ultra. With 4 cores, the APU A8-3500M Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 APU A8-3500M Quad-Core and Turion II Ultra 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 0.9 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 probably a good indicator that the APU A8-3500M Quad-Core is superior.

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 APU A8-3500M Quad-Core has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Turion II Ultra, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the APU A8-3500M Quad-Core 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.

Both the APU A8-3500M Quad-Core and the Turion II Ultra have the same TDP of 35 Watts, but the APU A8-3500M Quad-Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The APU A8-3500M Quad-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Turion II Ultra, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon HD 6620G, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameLlanoCaspian
MoBo SocketSocket FS1Socket S1g3
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date14 Jun 201110 Sep 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
Clock Speed1.5 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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Base GPU Frequency444 MHzvs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAll models feature upgraded Stars (Phenom II architecture) CPU cores (K10.5) with no L3 cache, and with Redwood-class integrated graphics on die (BeaverCreek for the dual-core variants and WinterPark for the quad-core variants).
All models are manufactured on GlobalFoundries' 32 nm SOI process for socket FM1.
All models have an integrated PCIe 2.0 controller.
Select models support AMD's Turbo Core technology for faster CPU operation when the thermal specification permits.
All models support 1.35 V DDR3L-1333 memory, in addition to regular 1.5 V DDR3 memory specified.
Turion 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).