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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E5-2630L v2 Opteron 4274 HE
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 40%
Hitman 3 18% 89%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 18% 89%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 15% 36%
FIFA 21 18% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 44% 131%
Far Cry 6 38% 121%
Genshin Impact 34% 6%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 36% 118%
Battlefield 6 22% 96%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2630L v2 is massively better than the AMD Opteron 4274 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 E5-2630L v2 was released over a year more recently than the Opteron 4274 HE, and so the Xeon E5-2630L v2 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 Opteron 4274 HE has 2 more cores than the Xeon E5-2630L v2. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Xeon E5-2630L v2 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Opteron 4274 HE, it would seem to be a decent choice.

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 E5-2630L v2 and Opteron 4274 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 Opteron 4274 HE has a 0.1 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 Opteron 4274 HE has a 744 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2630L v2, but on the other hand, it is the Xeon E5-2630L v2 that has a 7 MB bigger L3 cache than the Opteron 4274 HE. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Opteron 4274 HE is likely superior in this area.

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 Xeon E5-2630L v2 has a 5 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 4274 HE, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon E5-2630L v2 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 CodenameIvy BridgeValencia
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RSocket C32
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date10 Sep 201314 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs8
CPU Threads12vs-
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.8 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs3200 MHz
Max TDP60 Wvs65 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature63°Cvs68°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs48 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs8
L2 Cache Size256 KBvs1000 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs8
L2 Cache Speed-vs2600 MHz
L3 Cache Size15 MBvs8 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size52.5mm x 45mmvs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Xeon E5-2630L is a 6-core, 64-bit processor in the Xeon E5 V2 family. It was released in September 2013. The E5-2630L v2 is the low power edition of the E5-2630 v2, with a TDP of 60 watts as opposed to the typical 110+ wattage of most of this processor family. 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
Embedded Options