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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium D Extreme Edition 3.2GHz Athlon 5050e Dual Core
Cyberpunk 2077 1026% 607%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1415% 852%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 991% 585%
Hitman 3 1415% 852%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1750% 1063%
FIFA 21 953% 562%
Far Cry 6 1676% 1016%
Genshin Impact 752% 436%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1650% 1000%
Watch Dogs Legion 1415% 852%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 5050e Dual Core is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium D Extreme Edition 3.2GHz 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 5050e Dual was released less than a year after the Pentium D Extreme, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Athlon 5050e Dual has 1 more core than the Pentium D Extreme. However, while the Athlon 5050e Dual will probably perform better than the Pentium D Extreme, 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 5050e 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 Pentium D Extreme has a 0.6 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 Athlon 5050e Dual.

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 5050e Dual has a 1022 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium D Extreme, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Athlon 5050e Dual 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 5050e Dual has a 876 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium D Extreme, and was created with a 65 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Athlon 5050e Dual 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 CodenameSmithfield XEBrisbane
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket AM2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date26 May 200521 Oct 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs2
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs2.6 GHz
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System Bus 800 MHzvs-
Max TDP921 Wvs45 W
Lithography130 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width32 Bitvs-
Voltage Range1.55V KBvs-
Max Temperature64°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size32 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2 KBvs1024 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Pentium Extreme Edition was introduced at the Spring 2005 Intel Developers Forum, not to be confused with the "Pentium 4 Extreme Edition" (an earlier, single-core processor occupying the same niche). The processor was based on the dual-core Pentium D branded Smithfield, but with Hyper-threading enabled, thus any operating system saw four logical processors (two physical and two virtual). It also had an unlocked multiplier to allow overclocking. It was initially released as Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840 at 3.20 GHz, in early 2005, at a price point of $999.99 (OEM price) or $1,200 (retail). The only chipsets that worked with the Extreme Edition 840 were Intel's 955X, NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Intel Edition, and ATi Radeon Xpress 200. Using a Pentium Extreme Edition branded CPU with an Intel 945-series chipset will disable Hyper-threading effectively turning the processor into a Pentium D branded equivalent.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.