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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E5-2628L v3 Xeon E5-2650L v2
Cyberpunk 2077 22% 30%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 24% 32%
Hitman 3 5% 5%
Grand Theft Auto VI 28% 16%
FIFA 21 27% 34%
Far Cry 6 23% 11%
Genshin Impact 41% 47%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 21% 9%
Watch Dogs Legion 5% 5%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2650L v2 is massively better than the Intel Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 E5-2628L v3 was released less than a year after the Xeon E5-2650L v2, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 and the Xeon E5-2650L v2 both have 10 cores. Games are not yet able to harness this many cores, so it is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games; however, if you intend on running a server with this CPU, it would seem to be a decent choice.

Both the Intel Xeon E5-2628L v3 and the Intel Xeon E5-2650L v2 have the same number of threads. Both the Xeon E5-2628L v3 and the Xeon E5-2650L v2 use hyperthreading. The Xeon E5-2628L v3 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E5-2650L v2 has 2.

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 E5-2628L v3 and Xeon E5-2650L 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 has a 0.3 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 .

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 E5-2628L v3 and the Xeon E5-2650L v2 have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, the two CPUs are too similar to judge.

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 E5-2650L v2 has a 15 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-2628L v3 (though they were created with the same size 22 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Xeon E5-2650L 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 CodenameHaswell-EPIvy Bridge-EP
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RLGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201409 Jan 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores10vs10
CPU Threads20vs20
Clock Speed2 GHzvs1.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.1 GHz
Max TDP75 Wvs60 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs65°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size640 KBvs640 KB
L2 Cache Size2560 KBvs2560 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size25 MBvs25 MB
Max Memory Size-vs384 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs51.2 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs3
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

CPU Graphics

Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs52.5mm x 45mm
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon E5-2628L v3 is an upcoming server processor based on the 22nm, Haxwell microarchitecture. Intel Xeon E5-2650L v2 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon E5 Series released by Intel in January 2014.
It's based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and the memory controller supports DDR3-800, DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600.
It has 10 cores and each core has 2 threads, making a total of 20. Intel Xeon E5-2650L v2 Turbo Boost is also available at 2.1GHz
The performance of this server processor is excellent.