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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz Athlon 64 FX-53
Cyberpunk 2077 555% 698%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 782% 974%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 535% 673%
Grand Theft Auto VI 977% 1211%
FIFA 21 513% 646%
Genshin Impact 396% 504%
Far Cry 6 934% 1158%
Hitman 3 782% 974%
Watch Dogs Legion 782% 974%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 919% 1140%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz is very slightly better than the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Dual Core was released over three years more recently than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so the Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 FX-53. However, while the Pentium Dual Core will probably perform better than the Athlon 64 FX-53, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core and the Athlon 64 FX-53 both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. 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 Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 24 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and was created with a 65 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium Dual Core 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 CodenameAllendaleSledgeHammer
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Mar 200801 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads-vs1
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP65 Wvs89 W
Lithography65 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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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Pentium Dual-Core brand refers to mainstream x86-architecture microprocessors from Intel. With the exception of a few early Yonah based mobile models, they are now all based on the 64-bit Core microarchitecture. Pentium Dual-Core lacks the SSE4.1 instruction found in the 45 nm Core 2 processors.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.