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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz Turion II Neo K625
Cyberpunk 2077 816% 866%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1133% 1201%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 788% 836%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 938% 994%
FIFA 21 757% 804%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 885% 939%
Genshin Impact 594% 632%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1406% 1488%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1324% 1402%
Watch Dogs Legion 1133% 1201%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz is marginally better than the AMD Turion II Neo K625 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 Turion II Neo was released less than a year after the Core 2 Duo, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core 2 Duo and the Turion II Neo 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 Core 2 Duo and the Turion II Neo 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 Core 2 Duo and Turion II Neo 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 Neo 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 Core 2 Duo has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Turion II Neo, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Core 2 Duo 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 Core 2 Duo has a 5 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Turion II Neo (though they were created with the same size 45 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core 2 Duo 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenamePenrynGeneva
MoBo SocketSocket 956Socket 812
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date09 Jan 200912 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore 2 is a brand encompassing a range of Intel's consumer 64-bit x86-64 single-, dual-, and quad-core microprocessors based on the Core microarchitecture. The single- and dual-core models are single-die, whereas the quad-core models comprise two dies, each containing two cores, packaged in a multi-chip module. The introduction of Core 2 relegated the Pentium brand to the mid-range market, and reunified laptop and desktop CPU lines, which previously had been divided into the Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Pentium M brands.Turion II Neo K625 is a Dual core mobile CPU based on the 45 nm Geneva Core.
It features 2 cores, clocked 1.5GHz and the fastest supported memory is DDR3-1066.
Its performance is below the average but decent enough to run most games from medium to high settings fluently, if paired with the appropriate GPU, obviously. However, the most demanding games will require very reduced settings to be played optimally.