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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 4174 HE Xeon Processor E5630
Cyberpunk 2077 101% 98%
Hitman 3 171% 166%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 171% 166%
Resident Evil 8 123% 120%
FIFA 21 88% 85%
Grand Theft Auto VI 230% 225%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 95% 92%
The Medium 245% 240%
Genshin Impact 52% 50%
Far Cry 6 217% 212%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor E5630 is marginally 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 Xeon Processor E5630, 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 Xeon Processor E5630. 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 Xeon Processor E5630 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 Xeon Processor E5630 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 Xeon Processor E5630 has a 0.23 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 Xeon Processor E5630 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 4174 HE, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 15 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor E5630. However, the Xeon Processor E5630 was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon Processor E5630 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameLisbonWestmere-EP
MoBo SocketSocket C32LGA 1366/Socket B
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Jun 201016 Mar 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs2.53 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 3200 MHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs80 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Voltage Range1.1875 V KBvs-
Max Temperature55°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count6vs-
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count6vs-
L2 Cache Speed2300 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs12 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
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DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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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.Intel Xeon E5630 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon Series continuously released by Intel.
It's based on the Nehalem architecture and the memory controller supports DDR3-800 and DDR3-1066.
The performance though good, falls behind most Intel i5, i7 and since Intel Xeon E5630 wasn't built for gaming purposes it comes at a considerably high price.

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