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Game Xeon E5-1620 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 70%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40% 118%
eFootball PES 2020 6% 64%
Control 40% 118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 74% 172%
Borderlands 3 9% 70%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 74% 172%
FIFA 20 8% 43%
Red Dead Redemption 2 46% 128%
F1 2019 46% 128%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-1620 is massively better than the Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz was released less than a year after the Xeon E5-1620, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Xeon E5-1620 has 2 more cores than the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz. With 4 cores, the Xeon E5-1620 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 E5-1620 and Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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 E5-1620 has a 0.2 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. 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 Xeon E5-1620 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz has a 76 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-1620, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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).

The Core i3-4130 3.4GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Xeon E5-1620, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4400 Desktop, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSandy BridgeHaswell
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RLGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date06 Mar 201230 Sep 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.4 GHz
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Max TDP130 Wvs54 W
Lithography32 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
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L3 Cache Size10 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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DirectX-vs11.1
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel Xeon E5-1620 is a Server CPU based on the Sandy Bridge architecture but without featuring integrated graphics. All the other features are enabled.
Its performance is quite extreme, as is its price.
Core i3-4130 3.4GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.4GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and HyperThreading are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4400, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 54W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.

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