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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8212 HE Pentium 4 3.8GHz
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 1285% 1581%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1285% 1581%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 927% 1147%
Halo: Reach 472% 594%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1429% 1757%
Borderlands 3 1285% 1581%
Cyberpunk 2077 1076% 1329%
FIFA 20 891% 1103%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 661% 825%
eFootball PES 2020 1039% 1283%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 8212 HE is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 3.8GHz 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 Pentium 4 3.8GHz, 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 Pentium 4 3.8GHz. However, while the Opteron 8212 HE will probably perform better than the Pentium 4 3.8GHz, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 Pentium 4 3.8GHz 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 Pentium 4 3.8GHz has a 1.8 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 8212 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 Pentium 4 3.8GHz has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 8212 HE, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium 4 3.8GHz 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 8212 HE has a 47 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 3.8GHz (though they were created with the same size 90 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Opteron 8212 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 CodenameSanta RosaPrescott-2M
MoBo SocketSocket FLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Aug 200631 Oct 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
Clock Speed2 GHzvs3.8 GHz
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System Bus 1000 MHzvs-
Max TDP68 Wvs115 W
Lithography90 nmvs90 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 KBvs16 KB
L1 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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L2 Cache Speed2000 MHzvs-
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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 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 Pentium 4 brand refers to Intel's line of single-core desktop and laptop central processing units (CPUs) introduced on November 20, 2000 and shipped through August 8, 2008. They had the 7th-generation x86 microarchitecture, called NetBurst, which was the company's first all-new design since introduction of P6 microarchitecture of the Pentium Pro CPUs in 1995. NetBurst differed from the preceding P6 (Pentium III, II, etc.) by featuring a very deep instruction pipeline to achieve very high clock speeds (up to 3.8 GHz) limited only by TDPs reaching up to 115 W in 3.4 GHz ?3.8 GHz Prescott and Prescotts 2M cores . In 2004, the initial 32-bit x86 instruction set of the Pentium 4 microprocessors was extended by the 64-bit x86-64 set.

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
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