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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Santa Rosa Venice
MoBo Socket Socket F Socket 939
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 15 Aug 2006 19 Oct 2004
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

{
CPU Cores 2 1
CPU Threads - 1
Clock Speed 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
System Bus 1000 MHz -
Max TDP 68 W 89 W
Lithography 90 nm 90 nm
Bit Width - 64 Bit
Voltage Range 1.20 V/1.25 V KB -
Max Temperature 55°C 71°C
Virtualization Technology yes no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 128 KB
L1 Cache Count 2 -
L2 Cache Size 1024 KB 512 KB
L2 Cache Count 2 -
L2 Cache Speed 2400 MHz -
L3 Cache Size - -
Memory Types
Memory Channels - 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Opteron 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. Athlon 64 3800+ is an entry-level Processor based on the 90nm K8 micro-architecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 0.5MB of L2 Cache. <br/> No relevant technologies are activated in a way the processor doesn't even support Virtualization. <br/> <br/> The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 89W. <br/> <br/> Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 8216 HE is marginally better than the AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 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.

Both the Opteron 8216 HE and the Athlon 64 3800+ were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 2 has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 3800+. However, while the 2 will probably perform better than the Athlon 64 3800+, 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 8216 HE and Athlon 64 3800+ 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 8216 HE and the Athlon 64 3800+ both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. 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 <span class='gpu1Mention'>Opteron 8216 HE</span> has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Athlon 64 3800+</span>, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Opteron 8216 HE</span> 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.