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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU E1-1200 Dual Core APU A4-3320M Dual-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 1190% 605%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1637% 849%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1150% 583%
FIFA 21 1107% 559%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1361% 698%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1906% 995%
Watch Dogs Legion 1637% 849%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1361% 698%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2020% 1058%
Genshin Impact 877% 433%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A4-3320M Dual-Core is noticeably better than the AMD APU E1-1200 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 E1-1200 Dual was released less than a year after the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU E1-1200 Dual and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 E1-1200 Dual and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 E1-1200 Dual and APU A4-3320M Dual-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 APU A4-3320M Dual-Core has a 0.6 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 .

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 has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU E1-1200 Dual, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core 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 APU E1-1200 Dual has a 17 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the APU E1-1200 Dual 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 E1-1200 Dual and the APU A4-3320M Dual-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

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 CodenameZacateLlano
MoBo SocketBGA413Socket FS1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date05 Jun 201201 Dec 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed1.4 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP18 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range0.875-1.35V KBvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs256 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs2048 KB
L2 Cache Count2vs-
L3 Cache Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 7310Radeon HD 6480G
Base GPU Frequency500 MHzvs444 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU E1-1200 Dual Core is a mobile processor based on the 40nm, Bobcat micro-architecture.
It includes two Bobcat cores at 1.4GHz and integrated Radeon HD 7310 Graphics, with 80 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 500MHz. The processor supports memory up to DDR3-1066 single channelled memory.
It only consumes up to 18 Watt but performs considerably worse when compared to Intel ULV Ivy Bridge processors.
The 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!