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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz Athlon 5000B Dual Core
Cyberpunk 2077 628% 649%
Call of Duty Warzone 535% 554%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1144% 1180%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 817% 844%
Valorant 339% 351%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 813% 840%
Maneater 628% 649%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1054% 1087%
Doom Eternal 919% 949%
Mafia 2: Definitive Edition 605% 625%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz is marginally better than the AMD Athlon 5000B 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 Athlon 5000B Dual was released less than a year after the Pentium Dual Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the Athlon 5000B Dual 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 5000B Dual 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 5000B Dual 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 5000B Dual has a 0.2 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 Pentium Dual Core and the Athlon 5000B Dual have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Athlon 5000B Dual 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 5000B Dual 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 200828 Apr 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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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.On April 21, 2005, less than a week after the release of Venice and San Diego, AMD announced its next addition to the Athlon 64 line, the Athlon 64 X2. Released on May 31, 2005, it also initially had two different core revisions available to the public, Manchester and Toledo, the only appreciable difference between them being the amount of L2 cache. Both were released only for Socket 939. The Athlon 64 X2 was received very well by reviewers and the general public, with a general consensus emerging that AMD's implementation of multi-core was superior to that of the competing Pentium D. Some felt initially that the X2 would cause market confusion with regard to price points since the new processor was targeted at the same enthusiast, US$350 and above market already occupied by AMD's existing socket 939 Athlon 64s. AMD's official breakdown of the chips placed the Athlon X2 aimed at a segment they called the prosumer, along with digital media fans. The Athlon 64 was targeted at the mainstream consumer, and the Athlon FX at gamers.