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Game Xeon Processor E3120 FX-8150
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 251% 3%
Call of Duty: WWII 217% 7%
Assassins Creed: Origins 290% 15%
FIFA 18 138% 30%
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 290% 15%
Grand Theft Auto VI 306% 20%
Far Cry 5 165% 22%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 128% 33%
Need For Speed Payback 290% 15%
ARK: Survival Evolved 303% 19%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD FX-8150 is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor E3120 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 FX-8150 was released less than a year after the Xeon Processor E3120, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The FX-8150 has 6 more cores than the Xeon Processor E3120. With 8 cores, the FX-8150 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The FX-8150 has 6 more threads than the Xeon Processor E3120. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 Xeon Processor E3120 and FX-8150 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 FX-8150 has a 0.433 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 FX-8150.

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 FX-8150 has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon Processor E3120, and although the Xeon Processor E3120 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 Xeon Processor E3120 has a 60 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-8150. However, the FX-8150 was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon Processor E3120 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameWolfdaleZambezi
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date10 Aug 200812 Oct 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs8
CPU Threads2vs8
Clock Speed3.167 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.9 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs125 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature72°Cvs61°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size64 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size6144 KBvs8192 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs8 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel Xeon E3120 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon Series continuously released by Intel.FX-8150 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Bulldozer architecture.

It offers 8 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 3.9GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for extreme gaming.