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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor 3.6GHz Athlon 64 FX-53
Cyberpunk 2077 952% 698%
Hitman 3 1316% 974%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1316% 974%
Resident Evil 8 1068% 786%
FIFA 21 884% 646%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1629% 1211%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 919% 673%
The Medium 1705% 1268%
Genshin Impact 696% 504%
Far Cry 6 1560% 1158%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 is very slightly better than the Intel Xeon Processor 3.6GHz 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 3.6GHz was released less than a year after the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor 3.6GHz and the Athlon 64 FX-53 both have 1 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz and the Athlon 64 FX-53 may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Xeon Processor 3.6GHz has 1 more threads than the Athlon 64 FX-53. The Athlon 64 FX-53 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz 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 Xeon Processor 3.6GHz 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 Xeon Processor 3.6GHz has a 1.2 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 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Athlon 64 FX-53 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 Athlon 64 FX-53 has a 14 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz. However, the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz was created with a 40 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon Processor 3.6GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNoconaSledgeHammer
MoBo SocketSocket 604Socket 939
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date28 Jun 200401 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores1vs1
CPU Threads2vs1
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP103 Wvs89 W
Lithography90 nmvs130 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature80°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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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.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.