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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 4274 HE Core i7-860S Quad 2.53GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 32%
Hitman 3 89% 78%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 89% 78%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 36% 28%
FIFA 21 31% 24%
Grand Theft Auto VI 131% 117%
Far Cry 6 121% 108%
Genshin Impact 6% 0%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 118% 105%
Battlefield 6 96% 85%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-860S Quad 2.53GHz 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.

The Opteron 4274 HE was released over a year more recently than the Core i7-860S Quad, and so the Opteron 4274 HE is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

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 has 4 more cores than the Core i7-860S Quad. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i7-860S Quad is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Opteron 4274 HE, 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 Core i7-860S Quad 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 Core i7-860S Quad has a 0.03 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 Core i7-860S Quad has a 24 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 4274 HE, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Core i7-860S Quad 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 Opteron 4274 HE has a 17 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-860S Quad, and was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Opteron 4274 HE 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameValenciaLynnfield
MoBo SocketSocket C32LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 Nov 201103 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs4
CPU Threads-vs8
Clock Speed2.5 GHzvs2.53 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.46 GHz
System Bus 3200 MHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs82 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature68°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size48 KBvs256 KB
L1 Cache Count8vs-
L2 Cache Size1000 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count8vs-
L2 Cache Speed2600 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
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.Core i7-860S Quad 2.53GHz is a power efficient CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.53GHz, which may go up to 3.46GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 82W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementIntel Quick Sync Video
AMDBusiness ClassIntel InTru 3D
AMD Black EditionIntel Insider
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options