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Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium 4 560-560J 3.6GHz Athlon XP 2800+
Cyberpunk 2077 1455% 1984%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1994% 2706%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1407% 1920%
FIFA 21 1355% 1850%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2456% 3326%
Far Cry 6 2354% 3188%
Genshin Impact 1078% 1478%
Hitman 3 1994% 2706%
Watch Dogs Legion 1994% 2706%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2318% 3141%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium 4 560-560J 3.6GHz is marginally better than the AMD Athlon XP 2800+ 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 4 560-560J was released over a year more recently than the Athlon XP 2800+, and so the Pentium 4 560-560J is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful CPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The Pentium 4 560-560J and the Athlon XP 2800+ both have 1 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 4 560-560J and the Athlon XP 2800+ 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 4 560-560J and Athlon XP 2800+ 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 4 560-560J has a 1.467 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 probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 Athlon XP 2800+ has a 511 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium 4 560-560J, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Athlon XP 2800+ wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The System Bus Speed is important for providing higher bandwidth, and with higher bandwidth the system has the capacity to move more data over a certain time period than it would with lower bandwidth.

The Pentium 4 560-560J has a 467 MHz faster System Bus Speed than the Athlon XP 2800+, and as such, has a significantly higher limit when it comes to the size of the data being processed at once.

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 Athlon XP 2800+ has a 47 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 560-560J. However, the Pentium 4 560-560J was created with a 40 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium 4 560-560J is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Barton (Model 10)
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date21 Jun 200410 Feb 2003
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs2.133 GHz
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System Bus 800 MHzvs333 MHz
Max TDP115 Wvs68 W
Lithography90 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width32 Bitvs-
Voltage Range1.20V-1.425V KBvs-
Max Temperature72.8°Cvs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Pentium 4 HT 560J is an ageing processor based on Intel's Prescott 90nm microarchitecture. Given its age, lack of L3 cache, and single processing core, it is no longer suitable for high-end gaming, and is inferior to any recent products. It will still serve decently enough in an old computer that only has support for the LGA775 socket, but upgrading would be far more favorable than using this processor at this stage in its life.The Athlon made its debut on June 23, 1999. Athlon is the ancient Greek word for Champion/trophy of the games.
Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and retained the initial performance lead it had over Intel's competing processors for a significant period of time. The original Athlon also had the distinction of being the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II.