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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon II X4 559 Core i5-2320 3.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 57% 18%
Hitman 3 111% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 111% 59%
Resident Evil 8 74% 31%
FIFA 21 47% 10%
Grand Theft Auto VI 158% 94%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 52% 14%
Genshin Impact 19% 11%
The Medium 169% 102%
Far Cry 6 148% 86%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz is massively better than the AMD Athlon II X4 559 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 i5-2320 3.0GHz was released less than a year after the Athlon II X4, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Athlon II X4 and the Core i5-2320 3.0GHz both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD Athlon II X4 559 and the Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz 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 II X4 and Core i5-2320 3.0GHz 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 Athlon II X4 has a 0.4 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

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 II X4 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-2320 3.0GHz, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Athlon II X4 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 Core i5-2320 3.0GHz has a 64 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon II X4, and was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-2320 3.0GHz 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 i5-2320 3.0GHz 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 Athlon II X4, 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 2000 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.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCallistoSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+ / AM3LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Jan 201104 Sep 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.3 GHz
Max TDP159 Wvs95 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency-vs850 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1350 MHz
DirectX-vs10.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThis is the unlocked version of the Phenom II X2 B59.Core i5-2320 3.0GHz is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 3.3GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates weak Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 2000, with 6 Execution Units, initially clocked at 850MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, 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 95W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for extreme gaming.