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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Haswell Nehalem-WS
MoBo Socket LGA 1150 LGA 1366/Socket B
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 14 May 2014 29 Mar 2009
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

{
CPU Cores 2 4
CPU Threads 4 -
Clock Speed 3.7 GHz 2.667 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
Max TDP 54 W 130 W
Lithography 22 nm 45 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit -
Max Temperature 100°C -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache Size 512 KB 1024 KB
L3 Cache Size 4 MB 8 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 32 GB -
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 Core i3-4360 3.7GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.7GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache. <br/> Among its many features, <b>Turbo Boost and HyperThreading</b> are activated. <br/> <br/> The processor integrates powerful Graphics called <b>Intel HD Graphics 4600</b>, 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. <br/> Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 54W. <br/> <br/> It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem. The Xeon is a brand of multiprocessing- or multi-socket-capable x86 microprocessors from Intel Corporation targeted at the non-consumer workstation, server, and embedded system markets.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor W3520 is noticeably better than the Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz 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 Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and the Xeon Processor W3520 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 4 has 2 more cores than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz. { With 4 cores, the 4 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 Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and Xeon Processor W3520 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 Core i3-4360 3.7GHz has a 1.033 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 probably a good indicator that the 4 is superior.

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='gpu2Mention'>Xeon Processor W3520</span> has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Core i3-4360 3.7GHz</span>, 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.