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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8212 HE Athlon XP 2500+
Red Dead Redemption 2 1285% 3047%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 927% 2233%
Cyberpunk 2077 1076% 2574%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1429% 3376%
Halo: Reach 472% 1200%
Borderlands 3 1285% 3047%
FIFA 20 891% 2152%
eFootball PES 2020 1039% 2488%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 661% 1630%
Detroit: Become Human 1084% 2592%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 8212 HE is noticeably better than the AMD Athlon XP 2500+ 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 8212 HE was released over a year more recently than the Athlon XP 2500+, and so the Opteron 8212 HE is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Opteron 8212 HE has 1 more core than the Athlon XP 2500+. However, while the Opteron 8212 HE will probably perform better than the Athlon XP 2500+, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 8212 HE and Athlon XP 2500+ 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 8212 HE has a 0.167 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 8212 HE has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon XP 2500+, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Opteron 8212 HE 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.

Both the Opteron 8212 HE and the Athlon XP 2500+ have the same TDP of 68 Watts, but the Opteron 8212 HE has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSanta RosaBarton (Model 10)
MoBo SocketSocket FSocket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Aug 200601 Dec 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
Clock Speed2 GHzvs1.833 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 1000 MHzvs-
Max TDP68 Wvs68 W
Lithography90 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Voltage Range1.20 V/1.25 V KBvs-
Max Temperature55°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Speed2000 MHzvs-
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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Graphicsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOpteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported 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 Piledriver-based Opteron 4300 and 6300 series processors, codenamed "Seoul" and "Abu Dhabi" respectively.The Athlon made its debut on June 23, 1999. Athlon is the ancient Greek word for Champion/trophy of the games.
Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and retained the initial performance lead it had over Intel's competing processors for a significant period of time. The original Athlon also had the distinction of being the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II.

Vendor-Specific Features

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

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