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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Interlagos Lynnfield
MoBo Socket Socket G34 LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 14 Nov 2011 30 May 2010
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 16 4
CPU Threads - 8
Clock Speed 1.6 GHz 3.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency - 3.73 GHz
System Bus 6400 MHz -
Max TDP 85 W 95 W
Lithography 32 nm 45 nm
Bit Width - 64 Bit
Max Temperature 55°C 73°C
Virtualization Technology yes no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 48 KB 256 KB
L1 Cache Count 16 -
L2 Cache Size 1000 KB 1024 KB
L2 Cache Count 16 -
L2 Cache Speed 1600 MHz -
L3 Cache Size 16384 MB 8 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size - 16 GB
Memory Channels - 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Opteron Hexadeca Core 6272 is a 16-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6200 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012. <br/> Each Core is clocked at 2.1 and features one thread, making a total of 16. <br/> 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. Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.06GHz, which may go up to 3.73GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache. <br/> Among its many features, <b>HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization</b> are activated. <br/> <br/> The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 95W. <br/> <br/> Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 6262 HE is massively better than the Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz 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 6262 HE and the Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz 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 16 has 12 more cores than the Core i7-880 Quad. 16 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 4 cores in the Core i7-880 Quad is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the 16, 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 6262 HE and Core i7-880 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 i7-880 Quad has a 1.46 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 probably a good indicator that the 16 is superior.

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 <span class='gpu2Mention'>Core i7-880 Quad</span> has a 24 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Opteron 6262 HE</span>, but on the other hand, it is the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Opteron 6262 HE</span> that has a 16376 MB bigger L3 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Core i7-880 Quad</span>. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Core i7-880 Quad</span> is likely superior 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.