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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-4020 Dual-Core Atom S1279 1.6GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 371% 435%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 249% 297%
Cyberpunk 2077 300% 355%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 159% 194%
FIFA 20 237% 283%
The Outer Worlds 413% 482%
Borderlands 3 371% 435%
Need For Speed Heat 298% 352%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 421% 491%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 371% 435%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A4-4020 Dual-Core is very slightly better than the Intel Atom S1279 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 APU A4-4020 Dual-Core was released over a year more recently than the Atom S1279 1.6GHz, and so the APU A4-4020 Dual-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A4-4020 Dual-Core and the Atom S1279 1.6GHz 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 A4-4020 Dual-Core and the Atom S1279 1.6GHz 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 A4-4020 Dual-Core and Atom S1279 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 APU A4-4020 Dual-Core has a 1.6 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 APU A4-4020 Dual-Core and the Atom S1279 1.6GHz have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Atom S1279 1.6GHz has a 16 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the APU A4-4020 Dual-Core, at least 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 S1279 1.6GHz has a 52 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A4-4020 Dual-Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Atom S1279 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).

The APU A4-4020 Dual-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Atom S1279 1.6GHz, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon HD 7480D, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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 Codename-Briarwood
MoBo SocketSocket FM2BGA 1283
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Mar 201411 Dec 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs1.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.4 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs13 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature70°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size96 KBvs112 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 7480Dno
Base GPU Frequency723 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A4-4020 Dual-Core is an entry-level CPU based on the 32nm, Piledriver architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.4GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Radeon HD 7480D, with 128 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 720MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.
Atom S1279 1.6GHz is a budget Server CPU based on the Briarwood 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 13W.
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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