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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Atom S1269 1.6GHz Athlon II X2 245e
Cyberpunk 2077 309% 397%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 451% 569%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 297% 382%
FIFA 21 283% 365%
Grand Theft Auto VI 573% 717%
Hitman 3 451% 569%
Genshin Impact 210% 276%
Far Cry 6 546% 684%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 536% 673%
Watch Dogs Legion 451% 569%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Atom S1269 1.6GHz is very slightly better than the AMD Athlon II X2 245e 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 Atom S1269 1.6GHz was released over a year more recently than the Athlon II X2, and so the Atom S1269 1.6GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Atom S1269 1.6GHz and the Athlon 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 Atom S1269 1.6GHz and the Athlon 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 Atom S1269 1.6GHz and Athlon 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 Athlon II X2 has a 1.3 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 Athlon II X2 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Atom S1269 1.6GHz, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Athlon II X2 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 Atom S1269 1.6GHz has a 33 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon II X2, and was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Atom S1269 1.6GHz 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 CodenameBriarwoodRegor
MoBo SocketBGA 1283Socket AM2+ / AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date11 Dec 201210 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed1.6 GHzvs2.9 GHz
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Max TDP12 Wvs45 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size112 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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Graphicsnono

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAtom S1269 1.6GHz is a budget Server CPU based on the Briarwood Core of the 32nm Saltwell micro-architecture.
Manufactured with a 32nm technology, it features 2 Cores (4 Threads) clocked at 1.6GHz and no Integrated Graphics. The Memory controller supports up to DDR3-1333 memory type. The Max power drawn should be of around 12W.
Its performance is overall average but there are no benchmarks available and so this CPU's rank is subject to change.
The Athlon II series is based on the AMD K10 architecture and derived from the Phenom II series. However, unlike its Phenom siblings, it does not contain any L3 Cache. There are two Athlon II dies: the dual-core Regor die with 1 MB L2 Cache per core and the four-core Propus with 512 KB per core. Regor is a native dual-core design with lower TDP and additional L2 to offset the removal of L3 cache. The three core Rana is derived from the Propus quad-core design, with one core disabled.