Gaming performance is one of the most important characteristics of mainstream processors. In this respect Athlon II 435 looks very convincing. Many contemporary games demonstrate a noticeable performance gain when the number of cores increases from two to three: therefore triple-core Athlon II X3 outperformed its dual-core counterpart in our today’s test session. As a result, the new Athlon II X3 435 turned out faster on average than the competing Pentium E6500 with only two computational cores. However, it is not very good that it has no L3 cache, because it determines the defeat not only by Phenom II X3 720, but sometimes also by Phenom II X2 550. Therefore, Phenom II processors still remain a preferable choice for gaming platform, although their higher price should also be taken into account.