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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-3500 Triple-Core Athlon X2 7450
Cyberpunk 2077 167% 248%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 259% 369%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 158% 238%
Grand Theft Auto VI 338% 473%
FIFA 21 149% 226%
Genshin Impact 102% 164%
Far Cry 6 321% 450%
Hitman 3 259% 369%
Watch Dogs Legion 259% 369%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 314% 442%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is noticeably better than the AMD Athlon X2 7450 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 A6-3500 Triple-Core was released over a year more recently than the Athlon X2 7450, and so the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has 1 more core than the Athlon X2 7450. However, while the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core will probably perform better than the Athlon X2 7450, 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.

The APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has 1 more threads than the Athlon X2 7450. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 A6-3500 Triple-Core and Athlon X2 7450 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 X2 7450 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. 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon X2 7450, and although the APU A6-3500 Triple-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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon X2 7450, and was created with a 33 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU A6-3500 Triple-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 Athlon X2 7450, 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 6530D, 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 CodenameLlanoKuma
MoBo SocketSocket FM1Socket FM2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date08 Aug 201114 Dec 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores3vs2
CPU Threads3vs2
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.4 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography32 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature71°Cvs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs2048 MB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6530D
Base GPU Frequency443 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A6-3500 Triple-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture.

It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 3MB of L2 Cache.

The processor integrates average Graphics called Radeon HD 6530D, with 320 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 443MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
Athlon X2 7450 is a middle-class processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.