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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core 2117U 1.8GHz Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 452% 244%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 643% 363%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 435% 233%
Watch Dogs Legion 643% 363%
FIFA 21 416% 221%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 525% 289%
Godfall 966% 564%
Grand Theft Auto VI 807% 465%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 758% 434%
Genshin Impact 318% 160%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz is significantly better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core 2117U 1.8GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and so the Pentium Dual Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the Core i7-660UM 2-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 Pentium Dual Core and the Core i7-660UM 2-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 Pentium Dual Core and Core i7-660UM 2-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 0.47 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

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 Pentium Dual Core and the Core i7-660UM 2-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i7-660UM 2-Core has a 2 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Pentium Dual Core.

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 Pentium Dual Core has a 1 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium Dual 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 CodenameIvy BridgeArrandale
MoBo SocketrPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Sep 201224 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs1.33 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.4 GHz
Max TDP17 Wvs18 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium Dual Core 2117U 1.8GHz is an ULV, Dual-Core processor for budget oriented - entry - level laptops, based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, that's optimized for low power consumption.
Though based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, most of its features, including important ones, such as Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading are deactivated. It offers 2MB of L3 Cache and integrated graphics called Intel HD 2500, clocked at 350 MHz (up to 1000MHz in Turbo Mode). The Memory Controller supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory types. It should consume no more than 17 Watt.
Its performance is quite average and behind entry-level i7 laptop processors and so it's best paired with entry and middle class level GPUs.
Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz is an ultra energy efficient mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.33GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 660UM, with 10 Execution Units, initially clocked at 166MHz and that go up to 500MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 18W.

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