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In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD FX-6350 is massively better than the Intel Atom S1240 1.6GHz 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 Atom S1240 1.6GHz was released less than a year after the FX-6350, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The FX-6350 has 4 more cores than the Atom S1240 1.6GHz. 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 Atom S1240 1.6GHz 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 2.3 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 5120 KB bigger L2 cache than the Atom S1240 1.6GHz, and although the Atom S1240 1.6GHz 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 Atom S1240 1.6GHz has a 119 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-6350 (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Atom S1240 1.6GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameVisheraCenterton
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+BGA 1283
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Oct 201211 Dec 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs2
CPU Threads6vs-
Clock Speed3.9 GHzvs1.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs-
Max TDP125 Wvs6 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size288 KBvs112 KB
L2 Cache Size6144 KBvs1024 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.
Atom S1240 1.6GHz is a budget Server CPU based on the Centerton Core of the 32nm Saltwell micro-architecture.
Manufactured with a 32nm technology, it features 2 Cores (4 Threads) clocked at 1.6GHz and no Integrated Graphics. The Memory controller supports up to DDR3-1333 memory type. The Max power drawn should be of around 6W.
Its performance is overall average but there are no benchmarks available and so this CPU's rank is subject to change.

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