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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor 3.6GHz Opteron 8212 HE
Red Dead Redemption 2 1275% 1285%
Halo: Reach 468% 472%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 919% 927%
Borderlands 3 1275% 1285%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1419% 1429%
FIFA 20 884% 891%
Cyberpunk 2077 1068% 1076%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 1275% 1285%
eFootball PES 2020 1031% 1039%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 656% 661%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor 3.6GHz is marginally better than the AMD Opteron 8212 HE 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 Opteron 8212 HE was released less than a year after the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 8212 HE has 1 more core than the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz. However, while the Opteron 8212 HE will probably perform better than the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 3.6GHz and Opteron 8212 HE 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 Processor 3.6GHz has a 1.6 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 Opteron 8212 HE 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 Xeon Processor 3.6GHz and the Opteron 8212 HE have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Opteron 8212 HE has a 112 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz, at least 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 Opteron 8212 HE has a 35 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz (though they were created with the same size 90 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Opteron 8212 HE 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNoconaSanta Rosa
MoBo SocketSocket 604Socket F
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date28 Jun 200415 Aug 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus -vs1000 MHz
Max TDP103 Wvs68 W
Lithography90 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range-vs1.20 V/1.25 V KB
Max Temperature80°Cvs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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L1 Cache Size16 KBvs128 KB
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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L2 Cache Speed-vs2000 MHz
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Xeon is a brand of multiprocessing- or multi-socket-capable x86 microprocessors from Intel Corporation targeted at the non-consumer server, workstation and embedded system markets.Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the Piledriver-based Opteron 4300 and 6300 series processors, codenamed "Seoul" and "Abu Dhabi" respectively.

Vendor-Specific Features

Intel Quick Sync VideoAMD Power Management
Intel InTru 3DAMD Business Class
Intel InsiderAMD Black Edition
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
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