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Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 6204 Xeon E3-1230 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 133% 3%
eFootball PES 2020 125% 6%
Control 198% 24%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 198% 24%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 272% 55%
Borderlands 3 133% 3%
Grand Theft Auto VI 272% 55%
Red Dead Redemption 2 212% 30%
F1 2019 212% 30%
Doom Eternal 125% 6%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 is massively better than the AMD Opteron 6204 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 E3-1230 v2 was released less than a year after the Opteron 6204, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 6204 and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 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 Opteron 6204 and Xeon E3-1230 v2 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 Opteron 6204 and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. 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 Opteron 6204 and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 6204 has a 16376 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Xeon E3-1230 v2.

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 E3-1230 v2 has a 46 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 6204, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon E3-1230 v2 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).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameInterlagosIvy Bridge-H2
MoBo SocketSocket G34LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 Nov 201114 May 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads-vs8
Clock Speed3.3 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.7 GHz
System Bus 6400 MHzvs-
Max TDP115 Wvs69 W
Lithography32 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Voltage Range1.1875V KBvs-
Max Temperature55°Cvs66°C
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L1 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Speed3300 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size16384 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOpteron Dodeca Core 6212 is a 4-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6000 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012.
Each Core is clocked at 3.3 and features one thread, making a total of 4.
Obviously not designed for gaming, due to its tremendous price, it will deliver great performance for those crazy enough to use for extreme gaming performance.
Xeon E3-1230 v2 is a Server Processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 69W.

Though not created for gaming purposes, its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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
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