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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Zacate Sandy Bridge
MoBo Socket Socket FT1/413 BGA 1023
Notebook CPU yes yes
Release Date 20 Mar 2012 01 Jan 2012
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores 2 2
CPU Threads 2 -
Clock Speed 1.48 GHz 1.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
Max TDP 18 W 17 W
Lithography 40 nm 32 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache Size 1024 KB 512 KB
L3 Cache Size - 2 MB
Memory Types
Memory Channels 1 -
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review APU E1-1500 is a mobile processor based on the 40nm, Bobcat micro-architecture. <br/> It includes two Bobcat cores at 1.48GHz and integrated Radeon HD 7310 Graphics, with 80 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 529MHz. The processor supports memory up to DDR3-1066 single channelled memory. <br/> It only consumes up to 18 Watt but performs considerably worse when compared to Intel ULV Ivy Bridge processors. Sandy 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.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz is noticeably better than the AMD APU E1-1500 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.

Both the APU E1-1500 Dual Core and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

{ The APU E1-1500 Dual and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 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, theAPU E1-1500 Dual and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 APU E1-1500 Dual and Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 APU E1-1500 Dual has a 0.18 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 <span class='gpu1Mention'>APU E1-1500 Dual</span> has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Celeron Dual-Core 867</span>, and although the APU E1-1500 Dual 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.