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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor LV 2.80 GHz Athlon 64 FX-53
Hitman 3 1506% 974%
Cyberpunk 2077 1093% 698%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1506% 974%
Resident Evil 8 1225% 786%
FIFA 21 1015% 646%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1860% 1211%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1056% 673%
Genshin Impact 803% 504%
Far Cry 6 1782% 1158%
The Medium 1946% 1268%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 is very slightly better than the Intel Xeon Processor LV 2.80 GHz 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 Processor LV was released less than a year after the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor LV and the Athlon 64 FX-53 both have 1 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Xeon Processor LV and the Athlon 64 FX-53 may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 LV and Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Processor LV 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 .

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 LV and the Athlon 64 FX-53 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Athlon 64 FX-53 has a 112 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Xeon Processor LV, at least 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 LV has a 34 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and was created with a 40 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon Processor LV will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNoconaSledgeHammer
MoBo SocketSocket 604Socket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date28 Jun 200401 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
CPU Threads-vs1
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP55 Wvs89 W
Lithography90 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon Processor LV 2.80 GHz, codenamed Nocona, is an old server Processor. It's based on a 90nm technology and offers a single core, clocked at 2.8GHz but with 2 threads.
Its computing power is very limited considering today's standards and benchmarks put it behind even today's entry-level CPUs.
Athlon 64 FX-53 is an entry-level Processor based on the 130nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.
No relevant technologies are activated in a way the processor doesn't even support Virtualization.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 89W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.