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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Core i7-6700T 4-Core 2.8GHz Xeon E3-1230 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 3%
Grand Theft Auto VI 39% 55%
eFootball PES 2020 16% 6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 11% 24%
F1 2019 17% 30%
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 39% 32%
Borderlands 3 13% 3%
Doom Eternal 16% 6%
The Division 2 61% 80%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 39% 55%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-6700T 4-Core 2.8GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon E3-1230 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.

The Core i7-6700T 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, and so the Core i7-6700T 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon E3-1230 v2 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 Core i7-6700T 4-Core and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i7-6700T 4-Core 2.8GHz and the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 have the same number of threads. Both the Core i7-6700T 4-Core and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 use hyperthreading. The Core i7-6700T 4-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E3-1230 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 Core i7-6700T 4-Core and Xeon E3-1230 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 E3-1230 v2 has a 0.5 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 Core i7-6700T 4-Core and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, we have to look back to the clock rate, where the Xeon E3-1230 v2 wins out.

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 Core i7-6700T 4-Core has a 34 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i7-6700T 4-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i7-6700T 4-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Xeon E3-1230 v2, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the HD i7 6700T, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSkylake-SIvy Bridge-H2
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201514 May 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs8
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.6 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs69 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs66°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i7 6700T
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1100 MHzvs-
DirectX12.0vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-6700T 4-Core 2.8GHz is a Super Power Efficient Processor based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD i7 6700T, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W.

Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
Xeon E3-1230 v2 is a Server Processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 69W.

Though not created for gaming purposes, its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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