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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-3320M Dual-Core Core 2 Duo T6570 2.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 605% 566%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 849% 797%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 583% 545%
Watch Dogs Legion 849% 797%
FIFA 21 559% 523%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 698% 654%
Godfall 1261% 1186%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1058% 995%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 995% 936%
Genshin Impact 433% 404%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 2.1GHz is marginally better than the AMD APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core 2 Duo, and so the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and the Core 2 Duo 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and the Core 2 Duo 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and Core 2 Duo 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 Duo has a 0.1 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. 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and the Core 2 Duo have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Core 2 Duo, at least 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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core and the Core 2 Duo have the same TDP of 35 Watts, but the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The APU A4-3320M Dual-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Core 2 Duo, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon HD 6480G, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameLlanoPenryn
MoBo SocketSocket FS1Socket P
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Dec 201101 Oct 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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Clock Speed2 GHzvs2.1 GHz
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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Base GPU Frequency444 MHzvs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe so-called AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) has a 32nm manufacturing process and can take care of a long-battery-life. It doesn't only have the (standard) virtualization technology feature (for improvements in virtualization software like Virtual PC 2007), but also has virus protection that prevents bits, which represent malicious code, getting executed in program data memory. Moreover it includes the integrated Radeon HD 6480G GPU that runs at a core clock of 444 MHz and has 240 shader units; a nice on-chip peripheral! Talking about memory support: I'm sure we still don't need RAM with a higher data rate than 1333 MT/s in games these days (1600 Mt/s might give a little frame rate increase in some cases) and let DDR3 1333 be the max. support of this, I would say, average mobile CPU. You can make a nice setup with it!Core 2 is a brand encompassing a range of Intel's consumer 64-bit x86-64 single-, dual-, and quad-core microprocessors based on the Core microarchitecture. The single- and dual-core models are single-die, whereas the quad-core models comprise two dies, each containing two cores, packaged in a multi-chip module. The introduction of Core 2 relegated the Pentium brand to the mid-range market, and reunified laptop and desktop CPU lines, which previously had been divided into the Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Pentium M brands.
The Core microarchitecture returned to lower clock rates and improved the usage of both available clock cycles and power when compared with the preceding NetBurst microarchitecture of the Pentium 4/D-branded CPUs. The Core microarchitecture provides more efficient decoding stages, execution units, caches, and buses, reducing the power consumption of Core 2-branded CPUs while increasing their processing capacity. Intel's CPUs have varied widely in power consumption according to clock rate, architecture, and semiconductor process, shown in the CPU power dissipation tables.