AMD Phenom II X4 P960
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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Phenom II X4 P960 Core i3-M350 2.26GHz
Monster Hunter World 400% 435%
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 295% 323%
FIFA 19 227% 250%
Assassins Creed: Odyssey 340% 371%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 482% 523%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 340% 371%
Grand Theft Auto VI 645% 698%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 435% 472%
Battlefield V 352% 384%
Doom Eternal 340% 371%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom II X4 P960 is marginally better than the Intel Core i3-M350 2.26GHz 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 Phenom II X4 was released less than a year after the Core i3-M350 2.26GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Phenom II X4 has 2 more cores than the Core i3-M350 2.26GHz. With 4 cores, the Phenom II X4 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 Phenom II X4 and Core i3-M350 2.26GHz 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 i3-M350 2.26GHz 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 Phenom II X4.

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 X4 has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-M350 2.26GHz, and although the Phenom II X4 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 Phenom II X4 has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-M350 2.26GHz. However, the Core i3-M350 2.26GHz was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i3-M350 2.26GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameChamplainArrandale
MoBo SocketSocket S1g4rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Sep 201007 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs2.27 GHz
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Max TDP25 Wvs35 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom II X4 P960 is a Quad core mobile CPU based on the Champlain Core and therefore related to the Athlon II X4 Desktop Series.
It features 4 cores, clocked 1.8GHz and the fastest supported memory is DDR3-1066.
Its performance is quite average and decent enough to run most games at high settings fluently, if paired with the appropriate GPU, obviously. However, the most demanding games might still require reduced settings to be played optimally.
The 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.[20] 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.