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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor 5130 Athlon 64 FX-53
Cyberpunk 2077 541% 698%
Hitman 3 763% 974%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 763% 974%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 521% 673%
FIFA 21 499% 646%
Grand Theft Auto VI 953% 1211%
Far Cry 6 911% 1158%
Genshin Impact 385% 504%
Battlefield 6 797% 1016%
Resident Evil 8 612% 786%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor 5130 is very slightly better than the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 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 5130 was released over a year more recently than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so the Xeon Processor 5130 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor 5130 has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 FX-53. However, while the Xeon Processor 5130 will probably perform better than the Athlon 64 FX-53, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 5130 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Xeon Processor 5130.

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 5130 has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon 64 FX-53, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Xeon Processor 5130 wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 5130 has a 24 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and was created with a 65 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon Processor 5130 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 CodenameWoodcrestSledgeHammer
MoBo SocketLGA 771/Socket JSocket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date26 Jun 200601 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
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Max TDP65 Wvs89 W
Lithography65 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1024 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Xeon is a brand of multiprocessing- or multi-socket-capable x86 microprocessors from Intel Corporation targeted at the non-consumer workstation, server, and embedded system markets.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.