Intel Xeon E5-2637 v2
AMD FX-6100
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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E5-2637 v2 FX-6100
Cyberpunk 2077 0% 66%
eFootball PES 2020 3% 61%
The Division 2 85% 207%
Doom Eternal 3% 61%
Metro: Exodus 60% 165%
Borderlands 3 0% 66%
Grand Theft Auto VI 60% 165%
Watch Dogs Legion 0% 66%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 60% 165%
FIFA 20 41% 2%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2637 v2 is massively better than the AMD FX-6100 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 E5-2637 v2 was released over a year more recently than the FX-6100, and so the Xeon E5-2637 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 FX-6100 has 2 more cores than the Xeon E5-2637 v2. 6 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 E5-2637 v2 is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Xeon E5-2637 v2 has 2 more threads than the FX-6100. The FX-6100 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Xeon E5-2637 v2 uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 E5-2637 v2 and FX-6100 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 E5-2637 v2 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 FX-6100 has a 5888 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2637 v2, but on the other hand, it is the Xeon E5-2637 v2 that has a 7 MB bigger L3 cache than the FX-6100. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the FX-6100 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 FX-6100 has a 35 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-2637 v2. However, the Xeon E5-2637 v2 was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the FX-6100 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameIvy BridgeZambezi
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RSocket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date10 Sep 201312 Oct 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs6
CPU Threads8vs6
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Max TDP130 Wvs95 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature76°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs288 KB
L2 Cache Size256 KBvs6144 KB
L3 Cache Size15 MBvs8 MB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Xeon E5-2637 v2 is a 64-bit server processor in the Xeon E5 v2 family of processors. It has four cores and 8 threads, a clock speed of 3.5GHz with turbo boost to 3.8GHz. The memory controller supports DDR3-800/1066/1333/1600/1866 and it is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture.
The Xeon E5-2637 v2 is a high performing server processor, with a very high price to match. I was released in September 2013.
FX-6100 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Bulldozer architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (6 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

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