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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A10-4655M Quad-Core Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 249% 360%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 370% 519%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 238% 345%
FIFA 21 227% 330%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 296% 421%
Watch Dogs Legion 370% 519%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 443% 615%
Grand Theft Auto VI 474% 655%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 296% 421%
Genshin Impact 164% 248%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A10-4655M Quad-Core is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz 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 A10-4655M Quad-Core was released less than a year after the Pentium Dual Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A10-4655M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Pentium Dual Core. With 4 cores, the APU A10-4655M Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 APU A10-4655M Quad-Core and Pentium 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 0.1 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 A10-4655M Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, and although the APU A10-4655M Quad-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.

The APU A10-4655M Quad-Core has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the APU A10-4655M Quad-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 CodenameTrinitySandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA 827(FP2)rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date15 Apr 201215 May 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed2 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.8 GHzvs-
Max TDP25 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size192 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs2 MB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewHeterogeneous System Architecture ("HSA"), formerly known as Fusion System Architecture ("FSA"), is the marketing name for a series of APUs by AMD, aimed at providing good performance with low power consumption, and integrating a central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) based on a mobile stand-alone GPU. Fusion was announced in 2006 and has been in development since then. The final design is the product of the merger between AMD and ATI, combining general processor execution as well as 3D geometry processing and other functions of modern GPUs (like GPGPU computation) into a single die. This technology was shown to the general public in January 2011 at CES. Second-generation "Trinity" parts released in June 2012.Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz is an entry-level CPU part of the Pentium Dual Core Series release by Intel.
It's based on the Sandy Bridge architecture but many of the special technologies are deactivated and has 2 cores, whereas each core only has one thread.
The performance is average and enough to play Very Demanding games smoothly, at least with medium detail.