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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3600+
Cyberpunk 2077 628% 461%
Call of Duty Warzone 535% 389%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1144% 858%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 817% 607%
Maneater 628% 461%
Valorant 339% 238%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 813% 604%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1054% 789%
Doom Eternal 919% 685%
Mafia 2: Definitive Edition 605% 443%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3600+ is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core was released over a year more recently than the Athlon 64 X2, and so the Pentium Dual Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the Athlon 64 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 Pentium Dual Core and the Athlon 64 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 Pentium Dual Core and Athlon 64 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 0.5 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 Pentium Dual Core and the Athlon 64 X2 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Athlon 64 X2 has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Pentium Dual Core, at least 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.

Both the Pentium Dual Core and the Athlon 64 X2 have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 65 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameAllendaleBrisbane
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket AM2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Mar 200802 Jan 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads-vs2
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs1.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography65 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
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DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Pentium Dual-Core brand refers to mainstream x86-architecture microprocessors from Intel. With the exception of a few early Yonah based mobile models, they are now all based on the 64-bit Core microarchitecture. Pentium Dual-Core lacks the SSE4.1 instruction found in the 45 nm Core 2 processors.Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3600+ is a middle-class Processor based on the 65nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 1.9GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.