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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon XP Mobile 1800+ Atom 230 1.6GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 2833% 2750%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3849% 3736%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2742% 2661%
Watch Dogs Legion 3849% 3736%
FIFA 21 2643% 2565%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3222% 3128%
Godfall 5564% 5403%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4721% 4584%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 4460% 4330%
Genshin Impact 2121% 2058%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz is marginally better than the AMD Athlon XP Mobile 1800+ 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 Atom 230 1.6GHz was released less than a year after the Athlon XP Mobile, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful CPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The Athlon XP Mobile and the Atom 230 1.6GHz 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 XP Mobile and the Atom 230 1.6GHz 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 XP Mobile and Atom 230 1.6GHz 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 Atom 230 1.6GHz has a 0.067 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 Atom 230 1.6GHz has a 256 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon XP Mobile, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Atom 230 1.6GHz 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 Atom 230 1.6GHz has a 62 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon XP Mobile, and was created with a 135 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Atom 230 1.6GHz 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 CodenameThoroughbred (Model 8)Diamondville
MoBo SocketSocket 462/Socket ASocket 437
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date09 Oct 200103 Jun 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed1.533 GHzvs1.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus -vs533 MHz
Max TDP66 Wvs4 W
Lithography180 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Voltage Range-vs0.9V-1.1625V KB
Max Temperature-vs85.2°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs56 KB
L2 Cache Size256 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs22mm x 22mm
Revision-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Athlon made its debut on June 23, 1999. Athlon is the ancient Greek word for Champion/trophy of the games.
Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and retained the initial performance lead it had over Intel's competing processors for a significant period of time. The original Athlon also had the distinction of being the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II.
Intel Atom is the brand name for a line of ultra-low-voltage x86 and x86-64 CPUs (or microprocessors) from Intel, designed in 45 nm CMOS and used mainly in netbooks, nettops, and Mobile Internet devices (MIDs)
Intel Atom is a direct successor of the Intel A100 and A110 low-power microprocessors (code-named Stealey), which were built on a 90 nm process, had 512 KB L2 cache and run at 600 MHz/800 MHz with 3W TDP (Thermal Design Power). Prior to the Silverthorne announcement, outside sources had speculated that Atom would compete with AMD's Geode system-on-a-chip processors, used by the One Laptop per Child project, and other cost- and power-sensitive applications for x86 processors. However, Intel revealed on October 15, 2007 that it was developing another new mobile processor, codenamed Diamondville, for OLPC-type devices.