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Recommended System Requirements
Game Turion II K125 Athlon XP Mobile 1800+
Cyberpunk 2077 1615% 2833%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2209% 3849%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1562% 2742%
FIFA 21 1504% 2643%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1843% 3222%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2567% 4460%
Watch Dogs Legion 2209% 3849%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1843% 3222%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2719% 4721%
Genshin Impact 1199% 2121%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Turion II K125 is very slightly 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 Turion II K125 was released over three years more recently than the Athlon XP Mobile, and so the Turion II K125 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Athlon XP Mobile 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 Turion II K125 and the Athlon XP Mobile 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 Turion II K125 and the Athlon XP Mobile 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 K125 and Athlon XP Mobile 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 Turion II K125 has a 0.167 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 Turion II K125 has a 768 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon XP Mobile, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Turion II K125 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 Turion II K125 has a 54 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon XP Mobile, and was created with a 135 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Turion II K125 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 CodenameGenevaThoroughbred (Model 8)
MoBo SocketSocket 812Socket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 May 201009 Oct 2001
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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