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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 4274 HE Opteron 4280
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 34%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 89% 81%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 36% 30%
Hitman 3 89% 81%
Grand Theft Auto VI 131% 121%
FIFA 21 31% 26%
Far Cry 6 121% 112%
Genshin Impact 6% 2%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 118% 109%
Watch Dogs Legion 89% 81%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 4280 is very slightly better than the AMD Opteron 4274 HE 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.

Both the Opteron 4274 HE and the Opteron 4280 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Opteron 4274 HE and the Opteron 4280 both have 8 cores. Games are not yet able to harness this many cores, so it is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games; however, if you intend on running a server with this CPU, it would seem to be a decent choice.

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 Opteron 4274 HE and the Opteron 4280 are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.3 GHz faster base clock rate, the Opteron 4280 manages to provide slightly better performance than the Opteron 4274 HE.

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 Opteron 4274 HE and the Opteron 4280 have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, we have to look back to the clock rate, where the Opteron 4280 wins out.

The System Bus Speed is important for providing higher bandwidth, and with higher bandwidth the system has the capacity to move more data over a certain time period than it would with lower bandwidth.

The Opteron 4274 HE and the Opteron 4280 both have System Bus Speeds of 3200 MHz, and so have the same limits when it comes to the size of the data being processed at once.

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 Opteron 4274 HE has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 4280 (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Opteron 4274 HE 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 CodenameValenciaValencia
MoBo SocketSocket C32Socket C32
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 Nov 201114 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs8
Clock Speed2.5 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 3200 MHzvs3200 MHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Max Temperature68°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologyyesvsyes
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size48 KBvs48 KB
L1 Cache Count8vs8
L2 Cache Size1000 KBvs1000 KB
L2 Cache Count8vs8
L2 Cache Speed2600 MHzvs2800 MHz
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs8 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOpteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor to implement the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the 8- and 12-core Socket G34 Opterons, code-named Magny-Cours.Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor to implement the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the 8- and 12-core Socket G34 Opterons, code-named Magny-Cours.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementAMD Power Management
AMDBusiness ClassAMD Business Class
AMD Black EditionAMD Black Edition