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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Sempron 150 Athlon 64 3500+
Cyberpunk 2077 811% 776%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1126% 1079%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 782% 749%
FIFA 21 752% 719%
Watch Dogs Legion 1126% 1079%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 931% 892%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1316% 1262%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1396% 1340%
Godfall 1658% 1592%
Genshin Impact 589% 563%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 3500+ is marginally better than the AMD Sempron 150 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 Sempron 150 was released over three years more recently than the Athlon 64 3500+, and so the Sempron 150 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Athlon 64 3500+ when running the latest games.

The Sempron 150 and the Athlon 64 3500+ both have 1 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 Sempron 150 and the Athlon 64 3500+ 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 Sempron 150 and Athlon 64 3500+ 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 Sempron 150 has a 0.7 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 Sempron 150 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon 64 3500+, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Sempron 150 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 Sempron 150 has a 22 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon 64 3500+, and was created with a 45 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Sempron 150 will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSargasVenice
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+Socket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Dec 201019 Oct 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
CPU Threads-vs1
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs2.2 GHz
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Max TDP45 Wvs67 W
Lithography45 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs65°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size64 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
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Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSempron 150 is a single core desktop CPU based on the K10 architecture.
Its only core is clocked at 2.9GHz and the memory controller supports DDR3 up to 1333MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance is very limited and not recommended for today's modern demanding and very demanding games.
Athlon 64 3500+ is an entry-level Processor based on the 90nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.2GHz and 0.5MB of L2 Cache.
No relevant technologies are activated in a way the processor doesn't even support Virtualization.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 67W.

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