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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Santa Rosa Lynnfield
MoBo Socket Socket F LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 07 Feb 2007 30 May 2010
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

{
CPU Cores 2 4
CPU Threads - 8
Clock Speed 3 GHz 3.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency - 3.73 GHz
System Bus 1000 MHz -
Max TDP 119 W 95 W
Lithography 90 nm 45 nm
Bit Width - 64 Bit
Voltage Range 1.325 V/1.375 V KB -
Max Temperature 55°C 73°C
Virtualization Technology yes no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 256 KB
L1 Cache Count 2 -
L2 Cache Size 1024 KB 1024 KB
L2 Cache Count 2 -
L2 Cache Speed 3000 MHz -
L3 Cache Size - 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 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 i7-880 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 Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 2222 SE 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 2222 SE and the Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 4 has 2 more cores than the Opteron 2222 SE. { With 4 cores, the 4 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 2222 SE 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 0.06 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 Opteron 2222 SE and the Core i7-880 Quad have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 2222 SE does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Core i7-880 Quad definitely wins out 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.