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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Haswell Ivy Bridge
MoBo Socket LGA 1150 LGA 1356
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 14 May 2014 09 Jan 2014
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 2 4
CPU Threads 4 4
Clock Speed 3.7 GHz 1.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency - 1.8 GHz
Max TDP 54 W 80 W
Lithography 22 nm 22 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit 64 Bit
Max Temperature 100°C 76°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB -
L2 Cache Size 512 KB 256 KB
L3 Cache Size 4 MB 10 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 32 GB -
Memory Channels 2 -
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

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 E5-2403 v2 is a quad-core server processor in the Xeon E5 v2 processor family. It was released by Intel on 9th January 2014. It is a low-mid range addition to the that processor family, with a clock speed of 1.8. It does not support turbo boost and, like all processors in the family, does not have integrated graphics.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon E5-2403 v2 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 E5-2403 v2 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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.

Both the Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and the Intel Xeon E5-2403 v2 have the same number of threads. The Xeon E5-2403 v2 has one thread per physical core, whereas the $strippedName1 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 Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and Xeon E5-2403 v2 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 1.9 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='gpu1Mention'>Core i3-4360 3.7GHz</span> has a 256 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Xeon E5-2403 v2</span>, but on the other hand, it is the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Xeon E5-2403 v2</span> that has a 6 MB bigger L3 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Core i3-4360 3.7GHz</span>. The L3 size of the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Core i3-4360 3.7GHz</span> is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Xeon E5-2403 v2</span>.

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.