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Game Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz Phenom II X2 N660
Cyberpunk 2077 244% 414%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 363% 592%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 233% 398%
Watch Dogs Legion 363% 592%
FIFA 21 221% 380%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 289% 482%
Godfall 564% 892%
Grand Theft Auto VI 465% 744%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 434% 699%
Genshin Impact 160% 289%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz is significantly better than the AMD Phenom II X2 N660 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 Phenom II X2 was released less than a year after the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i7-660UM 2-Core and the Phenom II X2 both have 2 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 Core i7-660UM 2-Core and the Phenom II X2 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 Core i7-660UM 2-Core and Phenom II X2 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 Phenom II X2 has a 1.67 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 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 Phenom II X2 has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and although the Phenom II X2 does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

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 Core i7-660UM 2-Core has a 17 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom II X2, and was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i7-660UM 2-Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameArrandaleChamplain
MoBo SocketBGA 1288Socket S1g4
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date24 May 201004 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed1.33 GHzvs3 GHz
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Max TDP18 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature105°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size512 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz is an ultra energy efficient mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.33GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 660UM, with 10 Execution Units, initially clocked at 166MHz and that go up to 500MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 18W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
Phenom II X2 N660 is a Dual core mobile CPU based on the Champlain Core and therefore related to the Athlon II X2 Desktop Series.
It features 2 cores, clocked 3.0GHz and the fastest supported memory is DDR3-1333.
Its performance is just average but decent enough to run most games from medium to high settings fluently, if paired with the appropriate GPU, obviously. However, the most demanding games will require reduced settings to be played optimally.