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Game Pentium P6200 2.13GHz Core 2 Extreme X7800 2.6GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 687% 642%
Halo: Reach 225% 206%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 483% 450%
Borderlands 3 687% 642%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 769% 719%
FIFA 20 463% 431%
Cyberpunk 2077 568% 530%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 687% 642%
eFootball PES 2020 547% 510%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 333% 308%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 2.6GHz is marginally better than the Intel Pentium P6200 2.13GHz 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 P6200 2.13GHz was released over three years more recently than the Core 2 Extreme, and so the Pentium P6200 2.13GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core 2 Extreme when running the latest games.

The Pentium P6200 2.13GHz and the Core 2 Extreme 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 Pentium P6200 2.13GHz and the Core 2 Extreme 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 Pentium P6200 2.13GHz and Core 2 Extreme 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 Extreme has a 0.47 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 Core 2 Extreme has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium P6200 2.13GHz, and although the Core 2 Extreme 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.

The Pentium P6200 2.13GHz has a 9 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core 2 Extreme, and was created with a 33 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium P6200 2.13GHz will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameArrandaleMerom
MoBo SocketrPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2Socket P
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date26 Sep 201016 Jul 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores2vs2
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L2 Cache Size512 KBvs4096 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewArrandale is the code name for a mobile Intel processor, sold as mobile Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 as well as Celeron and Pentium. It is closely related to the desktop Clarkdale processor; both use dual-core dies based on the 32 nm Westmere shrink of the Nehalem microarchitecture and have integrated Graphics as well as PCI Express and DMI links.
Arrandale is the successor of the 45 nm Core microarchitecture based Penryn processor that is used in the many mobile Intel Core 2, Celeron and Pentium Dual-Core processors. While Penryn typically used both a north bridge and a south bridge, Arrandale already contains the major north bridge components, which are the memory controller, PCI Express for external graphics, integrated graphics and the DMI connector, making it possible to build more compact systems without a separate northbridge or discrete graphics as Lynnfield.
These models feature an unlocked clock multiplier.
Core 2 Extreme processors are enthusiast versions of Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, usually with a higher clock frequency and an unlocked clock multiplier, which makes them especially attractive for overclocking. This is similar to earlier Pentium processors labeled as Extreme Edition. Core 2 Extreme processors were released at a much higher price than their regular version, often $999 or more.

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