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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8212 HE Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 1.6GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 1285% 1233%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 927% 888%
Halo: Reach 472% 451%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1429% 1372%
Cyberpunk 2077 1076% 1033%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 1285% 1233%
Borderlands 3 1285% 1233%
FIFA 20 891% 854%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 1285% 1233%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 661% 633%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 1.6GHz is marginally 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 Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 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 Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 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 Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 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 Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 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 0.4 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 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron E1200 Dual-Core, 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.

The Celeron E1200 Dual-Core has a 3 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 8212 HE, and was created with a 25 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron E1200 Dual-Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSanta RosaAllendale
MoBo SocketSocket FLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Aug 200620 Jan 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2 GHzvs1.6 GHz
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System Bus 1000 MHzvs-
Max TDP68 Wvs65 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 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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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 Celeron brand has been used by Intel for several distinct ranges of x86 CPUs targeted at budget personal computers. Celeron processors can run all IA-32 computer programs, but their performance is somewhat lower when compared to similar CPUs with higher-priced Intel CPU brands. For example, the Celeron brand will often have less cache memory, or have advanced features purposely disabled. These missing features have had a variable impact on performance. In some cases, the effect was significant and in other cases the differences were relatively minor. Many of the Celeron designs have achieved a very high bang for the buck, while at other times, the performance difference has been noticeable. This has been the primary justification for the higher cost of other Intel CPU brands versus the Celeron range.

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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