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Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-330E 2.13GHz APU A4-3320M Dual-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 393% 605%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 564% 849%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 378% 583%
Watch Dogs Legion 564% 849%
FIFA 21 361% 559%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 459% 698%
Godfall 852% 1261%
Grand Theft Auto VI 711% 1058%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 667% 995%
Genshin Impact 273% 433%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-330E 2.13GHz is noticeably better than the AMD APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core was released less than a year after the Core i3-330E 2.13GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i3-330E 2.13GHz and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 i3-330E 2.13GHz and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 i3-330E 2.13GHz and APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 Core i3-330E 2.13GHz has a 0.133 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. 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-330E 2.13GHz, and although the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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.

Both the Core i3-330E 2.13GHz and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 32 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 Core i3-330E 2.13GHz, 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 Radeon HD 6480G, 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 CodenameArrandaleLlano
MoBo SocketBGA 1288Socket FS1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Jan 201001 Dec 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.133 GHzvs2 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsnoRadeon HD 6480G
Base GPU Frequency-vs444 MHz
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DirectX-vs11
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSandy Bridge is the codename for a microarchitecture developed by Intel beginning in 2005 for central processing units in computers to replace the Nehalem microarchitecture. Intel demonstrated a Sandy Bridge processor in 2009, and released first products based on the architecture in January 2011 under the Core brand.The so-called AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) has a 32nm manufacturing process and can take care of a long-battery-life. It doesn't only have the (standard) virtualization technology feature (for improvements in virtualization software like Virtual PC 2007), but also has virus protection that prevents bits, which represent malicious code, getting executed in program data memory. Moreover it includes the integrated Radeon HD 6480G GPU that runs at a core clock of 444 MHz and has 240 shader units; a nice on-chip peripheral! Talking about memory support: I'm sure we still don't need RAM with a higher data rate than 1333 MT/s in games these days (1600 Mt/s might give a little frame rate increase in some cases) and let DDR3 1333 be the max. support of this, I would say, average mobile CPU. You can make a nice setup with it!