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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium D Extreme Edition 3.47GHz Athlon 64 FX-53
Cyberpunk 2077 912% 698%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1262% 974%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 880% 673%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1563% 1211%
FIFA 21 846% 646%
Genshin Impact 666% 504%
Far Cry 6 1496% 1158%
Hitman 3 1262% 974%
Watch Dogs Legion 1262% 974%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1473% 1140%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 is very slightly better than the Intel Pentium D Extreme Edition 3.47GHz 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 D Extreme was released over a year more recently than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so the Pentium D Extreme is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Pentium D Extreme has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 FX-53. However, while the Pentium D Extreme will probably perform better than the Athlon 64 FX-53, 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 Pentium D Extreme and Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Extreme has a 1.06 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 Extreme 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 has a 1020 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium D Extreme, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 has a 41 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium D Extreme. However, the Pentium D Extreme was created with a 65 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium D Extreme is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenamePresler XESledgeHammer
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Dec 200501 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads-vs1
Clock Speed3.46 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 1066 MHzvs-
Max TDP130 Wvs89 W
Lithography65 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Voltage Range1.200V-1.3375V KBvs-
Max Temperature68.6°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size32 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mmvs-
Revision-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Pentium Extreme Edition based on the dual-core Pentium D branded Presler was introduced as the 955 model, at 3.46 GHz, and used a 1066 MT/s FSB compared to the 800 MT/s in the non-Extreme edition. A second version, the 965 at 3.73 GHz followed in March 2006. Both CPU's also feature Hyper-Threading Technology. Many overclockers, however, had been able to overclock the core to 4.26 GHz using air cooling simply by raising the unlocked CPU multiplier. The 'Presler Extreme Edition' would run only combined with the Intel 975X chipset (it could also work with the 955X chipset, though this combination was not supported by Intel). The i975X featured the ICH7R southbridge and supported all LGA 775 (Socket T) Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Pentium Extreme Edition branded processors.Athlon 64 FX-53 is an entry-level Processor based on the 130nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 1MB 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 89W.

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