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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU E2-3000M Dual Core Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325
Cyberpunk 2077 667% 1019%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 933% 1406%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 643% 984%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1161% 1739%
FIFA 21 617% 946%
Genshin Impact 481% 747%
Far Cry 6 1110% 1665%
Hitman 3 933% 1406%
Watch Dogs Legion 933% 1406%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1093% 1639%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU E2-3000M Dual Core 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 APU E2-3000M Dual was released over a year more recently than the Athlon Neo X2, and so the APU E2-3000M Dual is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU E2-3000M Dual and the Athlon Neo X2 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 APU E2-3000M Dual and the Athlon Neo X2 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 APU E2-3000M Dual and Athlon Neo X2 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 APU E2-3000M Dual 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 APU E2-3000M Dual and the Athlon Neo X2 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. They even have the same L1 cache size, so are identical in terms of cache size.

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 APU E2-3000M Dual. However, the APU E2-3000M Dual was created with a 33 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU E2-3000M Dual is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

The APU E2-3000M Dual 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 Neo X2, 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 6380G, 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 CodenameLlanoConesus
MoBo SocketSocket FS1Socket 812
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date14 Jun 201101 Jun 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs1.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.4 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs18 W
Lithography32 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6380Gno
Base GPU Frequency400 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU E2-3000M Dual-Core is a middle-class processor based on the 28nm, Beema microarchitecture.
It offers 2 Cores initially clocked at 1.3GHz that go up to 1.8GHz, in Turbo Mode and has a power consumption of up to 35 Watt.
It also offers very weak integrated graphics called Radeon 6380G which should only offer very modest gaming below 720p.
The APU's performance is very low and so it may only be paired with entry-level dedicated graphics.
With 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.