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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Geneva Penryn
MoBo Socket Socket 812 Socket P
Notebook CPU yes yes
Release Date 12 May 2010 06 Jan 2009
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores 2 2
Clock Speed 1.5 GHz 2 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
Max TDP 15 W 35 W
Lithography 45 nm 45 nm
Bit Width - -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache Size 2048 KB 2048 KB
L3 Cache Size - -
Memory Types
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Turion II Neo K625 is a Dual core mobile CPU based on the 45 nm Geneva Core. <br/> It features 2 cores, clocked 1.5GHz and the fastest supported memory is DDR3-1066. <br/> Its performance is below the average but decent enough to run most games from medium to high settings fluently, if paired with the appropriate GPU, obviously. However, the most demanding games will require very reduced settings to be played optimally. Core 2 is a brand encompassing a range of Intel's consumer 64-bit x86-64 single-, dual-, and quad-core microprocessors based on the Core microarchitecture. The single- and dual-core models are single-die, whereas the quad-core models comprise two dies, each containing two cores, packaged in a multi-chip module. The introduction of Core 2 relegated the Pentium brand to the mid-range market, and reunified laptop and desktop CPU lines, which previously had been divided into the Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Pentium M brands.<br /> The Core microarchitecture returned to lower clock rates and improved the usage of both available clock cycles and power when compared with the preceding NetBurst microarchitecture of the Pentium 4/D-branded CPUs. The Core microarchitecture provides more efficient decoding stages, execution units, caches, and buses, reducing the power consumption of Core 2-branded CPUs while increasing their processing capacity. Intel's CPUs have varied widely in power consumption according to clock rate, architecture, and semiconductor process, shown in the CPU power dissipation tables.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.00GHz is very slightly better than the AMD Turion II Neo K625 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.

Both the Turion II Neo K625 and the Core 2 Duo T6400 2.00GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

{ The Turion II Neo and the Core 2 Duo 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, theTurion II Neo and the Core 2 Duo 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 Turion II Neo and Core 2 Duo 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 2 Duo has a 0.5 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 Turion II Neo and the Core 2 Duo have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Turion II Neo</span> has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Core 2 Duo</span>, at least 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.