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In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD FX-4300 is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor X3230 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-4300 was released over three years more recently than the Xeon Processor X3230, and so the FX-4300 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon Processor X3230 when running the latest games.

The FX-4300 and the Xeon Processor X3230 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

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 FX-4300 and Xeon Processor X3230 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-4300 has a 1.13 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 Xeon Processor X3230 has a 4096 KB bigger L2 cache than the FX-4300, and although the Xeon Processor X3230 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 FX-4300 has a 5 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor X3230, and was created with a 33 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the FX-4300 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).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameVisheraKentsfield
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+LGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Oct 201201 Sep 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores4vs4
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFX-4300 is a middle-class CPU based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.8GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz and 4MB 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 95W.

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.
Xeon X3230 is a Sever CPU released by Intel in 2007.
The performance is unimpressive considering the purposes it was built for but quite good for 2007.
Every game should run smoothly at high settings but Xeon X3230 wasn't built for gamers.

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