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Game Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz Sempron X2 190
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 730%
eFootball PES 2020 35% 703%
Doom Eternal 35% 703%
The Division 2 159% 1435%
Borderlands 3 40% 730%
Metro: Exodus 124% 1228%
Watch Dogs Legion 40% 730%
Grand Theft Auto VI 124% 1228%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 124% 1228%
Anthem 39% 726%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz is massively better than the AMD Sempron X2 190 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 Sempron X2 190 was released less than a year after the Core i3-7101E 2-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i3-7101E 2-Core and the Sempron X2 190 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 Core i3-7101E 2-Core and the Sempron X2 190 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 Core i3-7101E 2-Core and Sempron X2 190 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 Core i3-7101E 2-Core has a 1.4 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 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 Sempron X2 190 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core, and although the Sempron X2 190 does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out 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 Sempron X2 190 has a 9 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core. However, the Core i3-7101E 2-Core was created with a 31 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i3-7101E 2-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaby LakeRegor
MoBo SocketNot sureSocket AM2+ / AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Nov -000101 Jul 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz is a Middle-Class CPU based on Intel's 7th Gen 14nm, Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 3.9GHz. It doesn't have an unlocked multiplier therefore it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 3MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 54W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Intel Enhanced Speedstep, HyperThreading and Virtualization are activated. It integrates Intel HD Graphics 630 on board. It has a base frequency of 350MHz which can go up to 1GHz as well as offering DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer good computational performance but may suffer from performance dips on higher resolutions and demanding applications.Sempron has been the marketing name used by AMD for several different budget desktop CPUs, using several different technologies and CPU socket formats. The Sempron replaced the AMD Duron processor and competes against Intel's Celeron series of processors. AMD coined the name from the Latin semper, which means "always", to suggest the Sempron is suitable for "daily use, practical, and part of everyday life".

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