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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor E5502 Athlon 64 FX-53
Cyberpunk 2077 506% 698%
Hitman 3 716% 974%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 716% 974%
Resident Evil 8 573% 786%
FIFA 21 467% 646%
Grand Theft Auto VI 896% 1211%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 487% 673%
Genshin Impact 359% 504%
The Medium 940% 1268%
Far Cry 6 856% 1158%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor E5502 is very slightly better than the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Processor E5502 was released over three years more recently than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so the Xeon Processor E5502 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Athlon 64 FX-53 when running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor E5502 has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 FX-53. However, while the Xeon Processor E5502 will probably perform better than the Athlon 64 FX-53, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

The Xeon Processor E5502 has 1 more threads than the Athlon 64 FX-53. Both CPUs have one thread 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 Processor E5502 and Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 has a 0.53 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Xeon Processor E5502.

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 Processor E5502 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and although the Athlon 64 FX-53 does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out 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 Processor E5502 has a 9 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon 64 FX-53, and was created with a 85 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon Processor E5502 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 CodenameNehalem-EPSledgeHammer
MoBo SocketNot sureSocket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Mar 200901 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads2vs1
Clock Speed1.87 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP80 Wvs89 W
Lithography45 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon Processor E5502 is a Server CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.
With most of its features activated, it offers 4 Cores (4 Logical as well), clocked at 1.87GHz, 4MB of L3 Cache and the memory controller supports DDR3-800.
Obviously not meant for gaming purposes, though its introduction price was not very high, its performance is only average, considering today's standards.
Athlon 64 FX-53 is an entry-level Processor based on the 130nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.
No relevant technologies are activated in a way the processor doesn't even support Virtualization.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 89W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.