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Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon II 170u Athlon 64 FX-53
Hitman 3 1748% 974%
Cyberpunk 2077 1273% 698%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1748% 974%
Resident Evil 8 1424% 786%
FIFA 21 1184% 646%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2156% 1211%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1230% 673%
Genshin Impact 939% 504%
Far Cry 6 2066% 1158%
The Medium 2255% 1268%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 is noticeably better than the AMD Athlon II 170u 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 Athlon II 170u was released over three years more recently than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so the Athlon II 170u is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Athlon 64 FX-53 when running the latest games.

The Athlon II 170u and the Athlon 64 FX-53 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 II 170u and the Athlon 64 FX-53 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 II 170u and Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Athlon II 170u and the Athlon 64 FX-53 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. They even have the same L1 cache size, so are identical in terms of cache size.

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 Athlon II 170u has a 69 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and was created with a 85 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Athlon II 170u 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 CodenameSargasSledgeHammer
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+ / AM3Socket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date11 May 201001 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
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Clock Speed2 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP20 Wvs89 W
Lithography45 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Athlon II series is based on the AMD K10 architecture and derived from the Phenom II series. However, unlike its Phenom siblings, it does not contain any L3 Cache. There are two Athlon II dies: the dual-core Regor die with 1 MB L2 Cache per core and the four-core Propus with 512 KB per core. Regor is a native dual-core design with lower TDP and additional L2 to offset the removal of L3 cache. The three core Rana is derived from the Propus quad-core design, with one core disabled.Athlon 64 FX-53 is an entry-level Processor based on the 130nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.
No relevant technologies are activated in a way the processor doesn't even support Virtualization.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 89W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.