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In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD FX-6350 is massively better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500K 2.93GHz 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 FX-6350 was released over three years more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the FX-6350 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium Dual Core when running the latest games.

The FX-6350 has 4 more cores than the Pentium Dual Core. With 6 cores, the FX-6350 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 FX-6350 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 FX-6350 has a 0.97 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 FX-6350 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 FX-6350 has a 4096 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, and although the Pentium Dual 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 60 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-6350. However, the FX-6350 was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium Dual Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameVisheraWolfdale-3M
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+LGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Oct 201209 Aug 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs2
CPU Threads6vs-
Clock Speed3.9 GHzvs2.93 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs1066 MHz
Max TDP125 Wvs65 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Voltage Range-vs0.85V – 1.3625V KB
Max Temperature-vs74.1°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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L1 Cache Size288 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size6144 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFX-6350 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Bulldozer architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (6 Logical), initially clocked at 3.9GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

It is a powerful Hexa Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Wolfdale-3M is the logical successor of Allendale and uses the 82 mm˛ dies with 3 MB L2 cache similar to Penryn-3M, its product code is 80571. It is used in the Core 2 E7xxx series as well as the E5xxx/E6xxx Pentium Dual-Core and E3xxx Celeron processors. The E5xxx enables only 2 MB of L2 cache, replacing the E2xxx series of Pentium Dual core chips, the E7xxx series uses the full 3 MB of L2 Cache, and a 1066MT/s FSB, replacing the Core 2 Duo E4xxx series and the Celeron E3xxx series with 1 MB L2 cache enabled is the follow-on to the Celeron E1xxx series.

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