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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8212 HE Pentium D 960 3.6GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 1285% 1261%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 927% 909%
Halo: Reach 472% 462%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1429% 1403%
Borderlands 3 1285% 1261%
Cyberpunk 2077 1076% 1056%
FIFA 20 891% 874%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 661% 648%
eFootball PES 2020 1039% 1019%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 1285% 1261%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium D 960 3.6GHz 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 Opteron 8212 HE was released less than a year after the Pentium D 960, 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 Pentium D 960 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 Pentium D 960 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 Pentium D 960 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 D 960 has a 1.6 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 probably a good indicator that the 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 D 960 has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 8212 HE, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium D 960 wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The System Bus Speed is important for providing higher bandwidth, and with higher bandwidth the system has the capacity to move more data over a certain time period than it would with lower bandwidth.

The Opteron 8212 HE has a 200 MHz faster System Bus Speed than the Pentium D 960, and as such, has a marginally higher limit when it comes to the size of the data being processed at once.

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 62 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium D 960. However, the Pentium D 960 was created with a 25 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Opteron 8212 HE is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSanta RosaPresler
MoBo SocketSocket FLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Aug 200623 Apr 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 1000 MHzvs800 MHz
Max TDP68 Wvs130 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 KBvs32 KB
L1 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs4096 KB
L2 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Speed2000 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size-vs-
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 last generation of Pentium D branded processors was Presler identified by the product code 80553, and made of two 65 nm-process cores found also in Pentium 4 branded Cedar Mill CPUs. Presler introduced the 'multi-chip module, or MCM, which consisted of two single-core dies placed next to each other on the same substrate package. This allowed Intel to produce these processors at a reduced production cost as a result of higher yields. Presler was supported by the same chipsets as Smithfield. It was produced using 65 nm technology similar to Yonah. Presler communicated with the system using an 800 MT/s FSB, and its two cores communicated also using the FSB, just as in Smithfield. Presler also included Intel VT-x (formerly Vanderpool) –although this was limited to the 9x0 models, and not in the 9x5 models– Intel 64, XD bit, and EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology). Presler was released in the first quarter of 2006 with a 2x2 MB Level 2 cache. Its models included 915, 920, 925, 930, 935, 940, 945, 950 and 960 (with a respective 2.8, 2.8, 3.0, 3,0, 3.2, 3.2, 3.4, 3.4, and 3.6 GHz clock frequency).

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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