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Game Atom N2600 1.6GHz Athlon XP Mobile 1800+
Cyberpunk 2077 1388% 2833%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1904% 3849%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1342% 2742%
FIFA 21 1292% 2643%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1586% 3222%
Watch Dogs Legion 1904% 3849%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2214% 4460%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2346% 4721%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1586% 3222%
Genshin Impact 1027% 2121%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz is very slightly better than the AMD Athlon XP Mobile 1800+ 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 Atom N2600 1.6GHz was released over three years more recently than the Athlon XP Mobile, and so the Atom N2600 1.6GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Athlon XP Mobile when running the latest games.

The Atom N2600 1.6GHz has 1 more core than the Athlon XP Mobile. However, while the Atom N2600 1.6GHz will probably perform better than the Athlon XP Mobile, 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 Atom N2600 1.6GHz and Athlon XP Mobile 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 Atom N2600 1.6GHz has a 0.067 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 Atom N2600 1.6GHz has a 768 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon XP Mobile, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Atom N2600 1.6GHz wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 Atom N2600 1.6GHz has a 62 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon XP Mobile, and was created with a 148 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Atom N2600 1.6GHz 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 CodenameCedarview-MThoroughbred (Model 8)
MoBo SocketSocket 559Socket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date28 Dec 201109 Oct 2001
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores2vs1
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel Atom is the brand name for a line of ultra-low-voltage IA-32 and x86-64 CPUs (or microprocessors) from Intel, originally designed in 45 nm CMOS with subsequent models, codenamed Cedar, using a 32 nm process. Atom is mainly used in netbooks, nettops, embedded applications ranging from health care to advanced robotics, and mobile internet devices (MIDs). Atom processors are based on the Bonnell microarchitecture. On 21 December 2009, Intel announced the Pine Trail platform, including new Atom processor code-named Pineview (Atom N450), with total kit power consumption down 20%. On 28 December 2011, Intel updated the Atom line with the Cedar processors.The Athlon made its debut on June 23, 1999. Athlon is the ancient Greek word for Champion/trophy of the games.
Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and retained the initial performance lead it had over Intel's competing processors for a significant period of time. The original Athlon also had the distinction of being the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II.