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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon 64 FX-53 Pentium 4 3.8GHz
Hitman 3 974% 1632%
Cyberpunk 2077 698% 1186%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 974% 1632%
Resident Evil 8 786% 1329%
FIFA 21 646% 1103%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1211% 2014%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 673% 1147%
Genshin Impact 504% 874%
Far Cry 6 1158% 1929%
The Medium 1268% 2107%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium 4 3.8GHz 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 4 3.8GHz was released less than a year after the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Athlon 64 FX-53 and the Pentium 4 3.8GHz both have 1 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 64 FX-53 and the Pentium 4 3.8GHz 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 and Pentium 4 3.8GHz 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 4 3.8GHz 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 Pentium 4 3.8GHz has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon 64 FX-53, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium 4 3.8GHz 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 has a 26 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 3.8GHz. However, the Pentium 4 3.8GHz was created with a 40 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium 4 3.8GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSledgeHammerPrescott-2M
MoBo SocketSocket 939LGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Jun 200431 Oct 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
CPU Threads1vs-
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs3.8 GHz
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Max TDP89 Wvs115 W
Lithography130 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature70°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs16 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAthlon 64 FX-53 is an entry-level Processor based on the 130nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.
No relevant technologies are activated in a way the processor doesn't even support Virtualization.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 89W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.
The Pentium 4 brand refers to Intel's line of single-core desktop and laptop central processing units (CPUs) introduced on November 20, 2000 and shipped through August 8, 2008. They had the 7th-generation x86 microarchitecture, called NetBurst, which was the company's first all-new design since introduction of P6 microarchitecture of the Pentium Pro CPUs in 1995. NetBurst differed from the preceding P6 (Pentium III, II, etc.) by featuring a very deep instruction pipeline to achieve very high clock speeds (up to 3.8 GHz) limited only by TDPs reaching up to 115 W in 3.4 GHz ?3.8 GHz Prescott and Prescotts 2M cores . In 2004, the initial 32-bit x86 instruction set of the Pentium 4 microprocessors was extended by the 64-bit x86-64 set.