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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Prescott Sparta
MoBo Socket LGA 775/ Socket T Socket AM2
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 21 Jun 2004 08 Oct 2007
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 1 1
Clock Speed 3.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
System Bus 800 MHz -
Max TDP 84 W 45 W
Lithography 90 nm 65 nm
Bit Width 32 Bit -
Voltage Range 1.287V-1.4V KB -
Max Temperature 67.7°C -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size - 128 KB
L2 Cache Size 1 KB 512 KB
L2 Cache Speed - -
L3 Cache Size - -
Memory Types
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review The Pentium 4 550-550J 3.4GHz are 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. Sempron has been the marketing name used by AMD for several different budget desktop CPUs, using several different technologies and CPU socket formats. The Sempron replaced the AMD Duron processor and competes against Intel's Celeron series of processors. AMD coined the name from the Latin semper, which means always, to suggest the Sempron is suitable for daily use, practical, and part of everyday life.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Sempron 64 LE-1250 is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 550-550J 3.4GHz 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 Pentium 4 550-550J 3.4GHz and the Sempron 64 LE-1250 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 4 550-550J and the Sempron 64 LE-1250 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, thePentium 4 550-550J and the Sempron 64 LE-1250 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 4 550-550J and Sempron 64 LE-1250 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 4 550-550J has a 1.2 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 <span class='gpu2Mention'>Sempron 64 LE-1250</span> has a 511 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Pentium 4 550-550J</span>, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Sempron 64 LE-1250</span> wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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.