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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU E-450 Dual Core Turion II Dual-Core Mobile P520
Cyberpunk 2077 1177% 605%
Minecraft: Dungeons 1177% 605%
Call of Duty Warzone 1014% 515%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2083% 1104%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1509% 788%
Valorant 670% 325%
Maneater 1177% 605%
Phantasy Star Online 2 171% 49%
Doom Eternal 1688% 887%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1924% 1017%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile P520 is noticeably better than the AMD APU E-450 Dual Core 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 E-450 Dual was released over a year more recently than the Turion II Dual-Core, and so the APU E-450 Dual is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU E-450 Dual and the Turion II Dual-Core 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 E-450 Dual and the Turion II Dual-Core 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 E-450 Dual and Turion II Dual-Core 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 Dual-Core has a 0.65 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 Turion II Dual-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU E-450 Dual, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Turion II Dual-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.

The APU E-450 Dual has a 7 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion II Dual-Core, and was created with a 5 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU E-450 Dual will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU E-450 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 Turion II Dual-Core, 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 6320, 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 CodenameZacateChamplain
MoBo SocketBGA413Socket S1g4
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date22 Aug 201112 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed1.65 GHzvs2.3 GHz
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Max TDP18 Wvs25 W
Lithography40 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6320no
Base GPU Frequency500 MHzvs-
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DirectX11vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAMD Fusion APUs enable visually rich, next-generation, enhanced PC experiences even on small form factor devices while facilitating extended real-world battery life. Go mobile in style with super-sleek notebooks and "all-day" battery life with AMD AllDay Power built on VISION Technology from AMD. Share full HD content effortlessly as you experience responsive performance for the software of today and tomorrow.Turion 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.