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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-7000 Dual-Core APU A4-3320M Dual-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 400% 605%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 574% 849%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 385% 583%
FIFA 21 368% 559%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 467% 698%
Watch Dogs Legion 574% 849%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 678% 995%
Grand Theft Auto VI 722% 1058%
Genshin Impact 279% 433%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 467% 698%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-7000 Dual-Core is noticeably better than the AMD APU A4-3320M 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.

The APU A6-7000 Dual-Core was released over a year more recently than the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core, and so the APU A6-7000 Dual-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-7000 Dual-Core and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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, the APU A6-7000 Dual-Core and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 A6-7000 Dual-Core and APU A4-3320M 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 APU A6-7000 Dual-Core has a 0.2 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. 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU A6-7000 Dual-Core, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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.

The APU A6-7000 Dual-Core has a 18 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core, and was created with a 4 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A6-7000 Dual-Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU A6-7000 Dual-Core and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaveriLlano
MoBo SocketBGA (FP3)Socket FS1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Jun 201401 Dec 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency3 GHzvs-
Max TDP17 Wvs35 W
Lithography28 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature102°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R4 7000Radeon HD 6480G
Base GPU Frequency533 MHzvs444 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11.2vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A6-7000 Dual-Core is an entry-level processor based on the 28nm, Kaveri microarchitecture.
It offers 2 Cores initially clocked at 2.2 GHz that go up to 3.0GHz, in Turbo Mode and has a power consumption of up to 17 Watts.
It also offers weak integrated graphics called Radeon R4 7000 which should only offer very modest gaming at 720p.
The APU's performance proves to be very modest thus, the processor should only be paired with up to mainstream Graphics Cards, such as GeForce 830M.
The so-called AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) has a 32nm manufacturing process and can take care of a long-battery-life. It doesn't only have the (standard) virtualization technology feature (for improvements in virtualization software like Virtual PC 2007), but also has virus protection that prevents bits, which represent malicious code, getting executed in program data memory. Moreover it includes the integrated Radeon HD 6480G GPU that runs at a core clock of 444 MHz and has 240 shader units; a nice on-chip peripheral! Talking about memory support: I'm sure we still don't need RAM with a higher data rate than 1333 MT/s in games these days (1600 Mt/s might give a little frame rate increase in some cases) and let DDR3 1333 be the max. support of this, I would say, average mobile CPU. You can make a nice setup with it!