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Game Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz Opteron 6282 SE
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 50% 24%
Kingdom Come: Deliverance 44% 15%
Assassins Creed: Origins 44% 15%
Sea of Thieves 49% 22%
Far Cry 5 25% 14%
Call of Duty: WWII 55% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 42% 12%
Dynasty Warriors 9 41% 10%
DRAGON BALL FighterZ 41% 10%
Need For Speed Payback 44% 15%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 6282 SE 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 Core i7-5960X 8-Core was released over a year more recently than the Opteron 6282 SE, and so the Core i7-5960X 8-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Opteron 6282 SE has 8 more cores than the Core i7-5960X 8-Core. 16 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i7-5960X 8-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Opteron 6282 SE, it would seem to be a decent choice.

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 Core i7-5960X 8-Core and Opteron 6282 SE 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 i7-5960X 8-Core has a 0.4 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 Opteron 6282 SE.

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 Core i7-5960X 8-Core has a 1048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 6282 SE, but on the other hand, it is the Opteron 6282 SE that has a 16364 MB bigger L3 cache than the Core i7-5960X 8-Core. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Core i7-5960X 8-Core is likely superior 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 Core i7-5960X 8-Core and the Opteron 6282 SE have the same TDP of 140 Watts, but the Core i7-5960X 8-Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswell-EInterlagos
MoBo SocketSocket 2011-3 / R3 / LGA2011-3Socket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date29 Aug 201414 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs16
CPU Threads16vs-
Clock Speed3 GHzvs2.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.5 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs6400 MHz
Max TDP140 Wvs140 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature67°Cvs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs48 KB
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1000 KB
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L2 Cache Speed-vs2600 MHz
L3 Cache Size20 MBvs16384 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-5960X 8-Core 3.0GHz is an extreme processor based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 8 Physical Cores (16 Logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 3.5GHz and 20MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 140W.

It proves to be over 10% faster than Core i7-4960K. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the Piledriver-based Opteron 4300 and 6300 series processors, codenamed "Seoul" and "Abu Dhabi" respectively.

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Intel Quick Sync VideoAMD Power Management
Intel InTru 3DAMD Business Class
Intel InsiderAMD Black Edition
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
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Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
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