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Recommended System Requirements
Game Sempron X2 180 Athlon 64 FX-53
Cyberpunk 2077 664% 698%
Hitman 3 928% 974%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 928% 974%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 640% 673%
FIFA 21 614% 646%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1155% 1211%
Far Cry 6 1105% 1158%
Genshin Impact 478% 504%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1087% 1140%
Battlefield 6 969% 1016%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Sempron X2 180 is marginally better than the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Sempron X2 180 was released over three years more recently than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so the Sempron X2 180 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Athlon 64 FX-53 when running the latest games.

The Sempron X2 180 has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 FX-53. However, while the Sempron X2 180 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. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 Sempron X2 180 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 Sempron X2 180 and the Athlon 64 FX-53 both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 Sempron X2 180 and the Athlon 64 FX-53 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Sempron X2 180 has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Athlon 64 FX-53, at least 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 Sempron X2 180 has a 44 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and was created with a 85 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Sempron X2 180 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 CodenameRegorSledgeHammer
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+ / AM3Socket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Jul 201001 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads-vs1
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP45 Wvs89 W
Lithography45 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSempron has been the marketing name used by AMD for several different budget desktop CPUs, using several different technologies and CPU socket formats. The Sempron replaced the AMD Duron processor and competes against Intel's Celeron series of processors. AMD coined the name from the Latin semper, which means "always", to suggest the Sempron is suitable for "daily use, practical, and part of everyday life".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.