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Recommended System Requirements
Game Sempron 150 Pentium D 960 3.6GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 811% 941%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1126% 1302%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 782% 909%
Watch Dogs Legion 1126% 1302%
Godfall 1658% 1910%
FIFA 21 752% 874%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 931% 1079%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1396% 1611%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1316% 1518%
Genshin Impact 589% 688%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Sempron 150 is marginally better than the Intel Pentium D 960 3.6GHz 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 Pentium D 960, 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 Pentium D 960 when running the latest games.

The Pentium D 960 has 1 more core than the Sempron 150. However, while the Pentium D 960 will probably perform better than the Sempron 150, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 Pentium D 960 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 D 960 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 probably a good indicator that the Pentium D 960 is superior.

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 D 960 has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Sempron 150, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium D 960 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 85 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium D 960, and was created with a 20 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 CodenameSargasPresler
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+LGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Dec 201023 Apr 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs2
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs3.6 GHz
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System Bus -vs800 MHz
Max TDP45 Wvs130 W
Lithography45 nmvs65 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs4096 KB
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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.
The last generation of Pentium D branded processors was Presler identified by the product code 80553, and made of two 65 nm-process cores found also in Pentium 4 branded Cedar Mill CPUs. Presler introduced the 'multi-chip module, or MCM, which consisted of two single-core dies placed next to each other on the same substrate package. This allowed Intel to produce these processors at a reduced production cost as a result of higher yields. Presler was supported by the same chipsets as Smithfield. It was produced using 65 nm technology similar to Yonah. Presler communicated with the system using an 800 MT/s FSB, and its two cores communicated also using the FSB, just as in Smithfield. Presler also included Intel VT-x (formerly Vanderpool) –although this was limited to the 9x0 models, and not in the 9x5 models– Intel 64, XD bit, and EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology). Presler was released in the first quarter of 2006 with a 2x2 MB Level 2 cache. Its models included 915, 920, 925, 930, 935, 940, 945, 950 and 960 (with a respective 2.8, 2.8, 3.0, 3,0, 3.2, 3.2, 3.4, 3.4, and 3.6 GHz clock frequency).