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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 458% 647%
Call of Duty Warzone 207% 311%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 287% 418%
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 371%
Doom Eternal 392% 559%
Beyond Good & Evil 2 343% 493%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 18% 10%
Grand Theft Auto VI 501% 705%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 343% 493%
Half-Life: Alyx 343% 493%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core G6960 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 Pentium Dual Core was released less than a year after the Athlon X2 7750, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Athlon X2 7750 and the Pentium 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 Athlon X2 7750 and the Pentium Dual Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the AMD Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition and the Intel Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 Athlon X2 7750 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 0.233 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 Athlon X2 7750 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 22 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon X2 7750, and was created with a 33 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium Dual Core 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKumaClarkdale
MoBo SocketSocket FM2LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 Dec 200809 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs2
Clock Speed2.7 GHzvs2.933 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP95 Wvs73 W
Lithography65 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Voltage Range-vs0.6500V-1.4000V KB
Max Temperature73°Cvs72.6°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2048 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs17 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
Base GPU Frequency-vs533 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs2
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs37.5mm x 37.5mm
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs2
PCIe Configurations-vs2

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAthlon X2 7750 Black Edition is a middle-class processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.7GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
- Note that these are also dual core, but under the Pentium brand. - Based on Westmere microarchitecture - All models support: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST), Intel 64, XD bit (an NX bit implementation), Intel VT-x, Smart Cache.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementIntel Quick Sync Video
AMDBusiness ClassIntel InTru 3D
AMD Black EditionIntel Insider
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options