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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8212 HE Athlon 5050e Dual Core
Red Dead Redemption 2 1285% 825%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 927% 585%
Halo: Reach 472% 282%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1429% 921%
Cyberpunk 2077 1076% 686%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 1285% 825%
Borderlands 3 1285% 825%
FIFA 20 891% 562%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 1285% 825%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 661% 408%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 5050e Dual Core is noticeably better than the AMD Opteron 8212 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 Athlon 5050e Dual was released less than a year after the Opteron 8212 HE, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 8212 HE and the Athlon 5050e Dual both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Opteron 8212 HE and the Athlon 5050e Dual may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 5050e Dual 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 Athlon 5050e Dual has a 0.6 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

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 and the Athlon 5050e Dual have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Athlon 5050e Dual has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Opteron 8212 HE, at least 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.

The Athlon 5050e Dual has a 23 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 8212 HE, and was created with a 25 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Athlon 5050e Dual 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 RosaBrisbane
MoBo SocketSocket FSocket AM2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Aug 200621 Oct 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2 GHzvs2.6 GHz
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System Bus 1000 MHzvs-
Max TDP68 Wvs45 W
Lithography90 nmvs65 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 KBvs256 KB
L1 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count2vs-
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.On April 21, 2005, less than a week after the release of Venice and San Diego, AMD announced its next addition to the Athlon 64 line, the Athlon 64 X2. Released on May 31, 2005, it also initially had two different core revisions available to the public, Manchester and Toledo, the only appreciable difference between them being the amount of L2 cache. Both were released only for Socket 939. The Athlon 64 X2 was received very well by reviewers and the general public, with a general consensus emerging that AMD's implementation of multi-core was superior to that of the competing Pentium D. Some felt initially that the X2 would cause market confusion with regard to price points since the new processor was targeted at the same enthusiast, US$350 and above market already occupied by AMD's existing socket 939 Athlon 64s. AMD's official breakdown of the chips placed the Athlon X2 aimed at a segment they called the prosumer, along with digital media fans. The Athlon 64 was targeted at the mainstream consumer, and the Athlon FX at gamers.

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

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