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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E3-1230 v2 APU A6-3600 Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 133%
Control 24% 198%
eFootball PES 2020 6% 125%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24% 198%
Grand Theft Auto VI 55% 272%
Borderlands 3 3% 133%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 55% 272%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30% 212%
FIFA 20 18% 96%
F1 2019 30% 212%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 is massively better than the AMD APU A6-3600 Quad-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 Xeon E3-1230 v2 was released less than a year after the APU A6-3600 Quad-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Xeon E3-1230 v2 and the APU A6-3600 Quad-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Xeon E3-1230 v2 has 4 more threads than the APU A6-3600 Quad-Core. The APU A6-3600 Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Xeon E3-1230 v2 uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads 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 E3-1230 v2 and APU A6-3600 Quad-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 Xeon E3-1230 v2 has a 1.2 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 probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 A6-3600 Quad-Core has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, and although the APU A6-3600 Quad-Core 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 APU A6-3600 Quad-Core has a 4 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E3-1230 v2. However, the Xeon E3-1230 v2 was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon E3-1230 v2 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

The APU A6-3600 Quad-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Xeon E3-1230 v2, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon HD 6530D, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameIvy Bridge-H2Llano
MoBo SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2Socket FM1
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 May 201201 Jan 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs4
Clock Speed3.3 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.7 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Max TDP69 Wvs65 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature66°Cvs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6530D
Base GPU Frequency-vs443 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon E3-1230 v2 is a Server Processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 69W.

Though not created for gaming purposes, its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
APU A6-3600 Quad-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.

The processor integrates average Graphics called Radeon HD 6530D, with 320 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 443MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.

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