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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz APU A6-3410MX Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 360% 332%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 519% 482%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 345% 319%
Watch Dogs Legion 519% 482%
FIFA 21 330% 304%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 421% 389%
Godfall 788% 734%
Grand Theft Auto VI 655% 610%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 615% 572%
Genshin Impact 248% 227%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-3410MX Quad-Core is marginally better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz 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 A6-3410MX Quad-Core was released less than a year after the Pentium Dual Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A6-3410MX Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Pentium Dual Core. With 4 cores, the APU A6-3410MX Quad-Core 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 Pentium Dual Core and APU A6-3410MX Quad-Core 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 has a 0.5 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 APU A6-3410MX Quad-Core.

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 A6-3410MX Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, and although the APU A6-3410MX Quad-Core 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 Dual Core has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A6-3410MX Quad-Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Pentium Dual Core 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).

The APU A6-3410MX Quad-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 Pentium Dual Core, 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 6520G, 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 CodenameSandy BridgeLlano
MoBo SocketrPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2Socket FS1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date15 May 201114 Jun 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs1.6 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs45 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsnoRadeon HD 6520G
Base GPU Frequency-vs400 MHz
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DirectX-vs11
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz is an entry-level CPU part of the Pentium Dual Core Series release by Intel.
It's based on the Sandy Bridge architecture but many of the special technologies are deactivated and has 2 cores, whereas each core only has one thread.
The performance is average and enough to play Very Demanding games smoothly, at least with medium detail.
Fusion A6-3410MX Quad Core is a Mobile CPU with 4 Cores and Threads and part of the APUs family released by AMD in 2010/2011.
The performance is not very impressive, since it only features 4 threads and quite far from Intel's Quad Core Sandy Bridge CPUs that feature 2 threads per core.
Still, all games should be maxed out if paired with the appropriate GPU.