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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium D 940 3.2 GHz Athlon 64 FX-53
Cyberpunk 2077 1168% 698%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1607% 974%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1129% 673%
Hitman 3 1607% 974%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1985% 1211%
FIFA 21 1086% 646%
Far Cry 6 1901% 1158%
Genshin Impact 860% 504%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1872% 1140%
Watch Dogs Legion 1607% 974%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium D 940 3.2 GHz 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 940 was released over a year more recently than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so the Pentium D 940 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Pentium D 940 has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 FX-53. However, while the Pentium D 940 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 940 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 940 has a 0.8 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 940 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 940 has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon 64 FX-53, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium D 940 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 940. However, the Pentium D 940 was created with a 65 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium D 940 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenamePreslerSledgeHammer
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Jan 200601 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads-vs1
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP130 Wvs89 W
Lithography65 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size32 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1024 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe 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).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.