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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon II X2 450 Athlon II X2 245e
Cyberpunk 2077 292% 397%
Hitman 3 427% 569%
Resident Evil 8 335% 452%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 427% 569%
FIFA 21 266% 365%
Grand Theft Auto VI 543% 717%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 279% 382%
Genshin Impact 196% 276%
Far Cry 6 518% 684%
The Medium 572% 753%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon II X2 450 is noticeably better than the AMD Athlon II X2 245e 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 X2 450 was released over three years more recently than the X2 245e, and so the X2 450 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the X2 245e when running the latest games.

The X2 450 and the X2 245e 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 X2 450 and the X2 245e 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 X2 450 and X2 245e 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 X2 245e has a 2.9 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 X2 245e has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the X2 450, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the X2 245e 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 X2 245e has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the X2 450. However, the X2 450 was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the X2 450 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSteamrollerRegor
MoBo SocketSocket FM2Socket AM2+ / AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Aug 201410 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed-vs2.9 GHz
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Max TDP65 Wvs45 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size96 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAthlon X2 450 is a Dual Core based on the 28nm, Steamroller microarchitecture.
We will add more information, once it becomes available.
The Athlon II series is based on the AMD K10 architecture and derived from the Phenom II series. However, unlike its Phenom siblings, it does not contain any L3 Cache. There are two Athlon II dies: the dual-core Regor die with 1 MB L2 Cache per core and the four-core Propus with 512 KB per core. Regor is a native dual-core design with lower TDP and additional L2 to offset the removal of L3 cache. The three core Rana is derived from the Propus quad-core design, with one core disabled.