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Recommended System Requirements
Game Phenom II X2 B60 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 246% 70%
Control 343% 118%
eFootball PES 2020 235% 64%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 343% 118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 454% 172%
Borderlands 3 246% 70%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 454% 172%
Red Dead Redemption 2 364% 128%
FIFA 20 191% 43%
F1 2019 364% 128%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz is massively better than the AMD Phenom II X2 B60 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 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz was released less than a year after the Phenom II X2, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Phenom II X2 and the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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 Phenom II X2 and the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Core i3-4130 3.4GHz has 2 more threads than the Phenom II X2. The Phenom II X2 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads 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 Phenom II X2 and Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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 Phenom II X2 has a 0.1 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 Phenom II X2 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz, 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 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz has a 26 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom II X2, and was created with a 23 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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 Phenom II X2, 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 Intel HD Graphics 4400 Desktop, 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.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCallistoHaswell
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+ / AM3LGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Dec 200930 Sep 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs3.4 GHz
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Max TDP80 Wvs54 W
Lithography45 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature70°Cvs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400 Desktop
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DirectX-vs11.1
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom II X2 B60 is a business-class processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 3.5GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 80W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.
Core i3-4130 3.4GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.4GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and HyperThreading are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4400, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 54W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.

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