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Game Xeon E3-1240 v2 Opteron 3260 HE
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 119%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 21% 180%
eFootball PES 2020 8% 112%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 52% 250%
Grand Theft Auto VI 52% 250%
Borderlands 3 5% 119%
Red Dead Redemption 2 27% 193%
F1 2019 27% 193%
Control 21% 180%
Doom Eternal 8% 112%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2 is massively better than the AMD Opteron 3260 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 Xeon E3-1240 v2 was released less than a year after the Opteron 3260 HE, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Xeon E3-1240 v2 and the Opteron 3260 HE both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

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 Xeon E3-1240 v2 and Opteron 3260 HE 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 Xeon E3-1240 v2 has a 0.7 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 Xeon E3-1240 v2 and the Opteron 3260 HE have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 3260 HE has a 4088 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Xeon E3-1240 v2.

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 3260 HE has a 24 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E3-1240 v2. However, the Xeon E3-1240 v2 was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Opteron 3260 HE is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameIvy Bridge-H2Zurich
MoBo SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2Socket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 May 201220 Mar 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs-
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs2.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs5200 MHz
Max TDP69 Wvs45 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature-vs61°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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L1 Cache Size256 KBvs48 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs4
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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L3 Cache Size8 MBvs4096 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon E3-1240 v2 is a Server Processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.4GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 69W.

Though not created for gaming purposes, its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor to implement 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 8- and 12-core Socket G34 Opterons, code-named Magny-Cours.

Vendor-Specific Features

Intel Quick Sync VideoAMD Power Management
Intel InTru 3DAMD Business Class
Intel InsiderAMD Black Edition
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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