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Recommended System Requirements
Game Phenom II X2 X620 Black Edition Core i5-430M 2.26GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 338% 171%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 490% 265%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 325% 163%
Watch Dogs Legion 490% 265%
FIFA 21 310% 154%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 397% 207%
Godfall 747% 423%
Grand Theft Auto VI 621% 346%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 582% 321%
Genshin Impact 232% 105%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-430M 2.26GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom II X2 X620 Black Edition 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 i5-430M 2.26GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Phenom II X2 and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 Phenom II X2 and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 Phenom II X2 and Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 0.84 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 i5-430M 2.26GHz, 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 i5-430M 2.26GHz has a 10 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 i5-430M 2.26GHz 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).

The Core i5-430M 2.26GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Phenom II X2, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the HD i5 M430, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameChamplainArrandale
MoBo SocketSocket S1g4BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 May 201007 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs2.26 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.53 GHz
Max TDP45 Wvs35 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsnoHD i5 M430
Base GPU Frequency-vs500 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs10
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom II X2 X620 Black Edition 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 3.1GHz and the fastest supported memory is DDR3-1333.
Its performance is quite average and decent enough to run most games at high settings fluently, if paired with the appropriate GPU, obviously. However, the most demanding games will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
It's worth mentioning this CPU has unlocked clock multiplier and therefore can be overclocked easily.
Core i5-430M 2.26GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.26GHz, which may go up to 2.53GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel i5 430M, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 500MHz which go up to 766MHz, in Turbo Mode and share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.