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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 4174 HE Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 101% 46%
Hitman 3 171% 97%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 171% 97%
Resident Evil 8 123% 63%
FIFA 21 88% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 230% 141%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 95% 42%
Genshin Impact 52% 11%
The Medium 245% 151%
Far Cry 6 217% 131%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition is massively better than the AMD Opteron 4174 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 4174 HE was released less than a year after the Phenom II X4, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 4174 HE has 2 more cores than the Phenom II X4. 6 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 Phenom II X4 is more than enough for gaming purposes.

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 4174 HE and Phenom II X4 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 Phenom II X4 has a 1.1 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 Opteron 4174 HE 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 Phenom II X4 has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 4174 HE, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Phenom II X4 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 4174 HE has a 60 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom II X4 (though they were created with the same size 45 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Opteron 4174 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 CodenameLisbonDeneb
MoBo SocketSocket C32Socket AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Jun 201004 Nov 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 3200 MHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs125 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Voltage Range1.1875 V KBvs-
Max Temperature55°Cvs62°C
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs512 KB
L1 Cache Count6vs-
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs2048 KB
L2 Cache Count6vs-
L2 Cache Speed2300 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs6 MB
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.Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition is a performance processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.4GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

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

Vendor-Specific Features

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