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Game Core i3-M370 2.4GHz Phenom II X2 N620
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 414% 609%
Desperados 3 147% 241%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 460% 673%
FIFA 19 181% 287%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 460% 673%
Assassins Creed: Odyssey 361% 536%
Forza Horizon 4 388% 573%
Battlefield V 361% 536%
Monster Hunter World 424% 622%
Devil May Cry 5 (2019) 460% 673%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-M370 2.4GHz is noticeably better than the AMD Phenom II X2 N620 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 Core i3-M370 2.4GHz was released less than a year after the Phenom II X2, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i3-M370 2.4GHz and the Phenom II X2 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-M370 2.4GHz and the Phenom II X2 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-M370 2.4GHz and Phenom II X2 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 Phenom II X2 has a 0.4 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 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 Phenom II X2 has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz, and although the Phenom II X2 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.

Both the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz and the Phenom II X2 have the same TDP of 35 Watts, but the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameArrandaleChamplain
MoBo SocketrPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2Socket S1g4
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date20 Jun 201012 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
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L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3 was intended to be the new low end of the performance processor line from Intel, following the retirement of the Core 2 brand. The first Core i3 processors were launched on January 7, 2010. The first Nehalem based Core i3 was Clarkdale-based, with an integrated GPU and two cores.The same processor is also available as Core i5 and Pentium, with slightly different configurations. The Core i3-3xxM processors are based on Arrandale, the mobile version of the Clarkdale desktop processor. They are similar to the Core i5-4xx series but running at lower clock speeds and without Turbo Boost.Phenom II X2 N620 is a Dual core mobile CPU based on the Champlain Core and therefore related to the Athlon II X2 Desktop Series.
It features 2 cores, clocked 2.8GHz and the fastest supported memory is DDR3-1333.
Its performance is just 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 reduced settings to be played optimally.