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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E5-1650 v3 Xeon E5-2628L v3
Hitman 3 9% 5%
Cyberpunk 2077 32% 22%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 9% 5%
FIFA 21 37% 27%
Grand Theft Auto VI 11% 28%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 34% 24%
Resident Evil 8 25% 13%
Genshin Impact 49% 41%
Far Cry 6 7% 23%
The Medium 16% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-1650 v3 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 E5-1650 v3 was released less than a year after the Xeon E5-2628L v3, 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 has 4 more cores than the Xeon E5-1650 v3. 10 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Xeon E5-1650 v3 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Xeon E5-2628L v3, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Xeon E5-2628L v3 has 8 more threads than the Xeon E5-1650 v3. Both the Xeon E5-1650 v3 and the Xeon E5-2628L v3 use hyperthreading. The Xeon E5-1650 v3 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 E5-1650 v3 and the Xeon E5-2628L v3 are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 1.5 GHz faster base clock rate, the Xeon E5-1650 v3 manages to provide massively better performance than the Xeon E5-2628L v3.

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 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-1650 v3, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 E5-2628L v3 has a 65 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-1650 v3 (though they were created with the same size 22 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 CodenameHaswell-EPHaswell-EP
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RLGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date08 Sep 201401 Sep 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs10
CPU Threads12vs20
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs-
Max TDP140 Wvs75 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature67°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs640 KB
L2 Cache Size1536 KBvs2560 KB
L3 Cache Size15 MBvs25 MB
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Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Xeon E5-1650 v3 is a server CPU developed by Intel and is based on the Haswell microarchitecture. It was released on September 8, 2014. The E5-1650 v3 has 6 physical cores and 12 threads running at 3.50 GHz which may go up to 3.80 GHz in turbo mode with a max TDP of 140W. It's L1, L2 and L3 cache are of 384 KB, 1536 KB and 15 MB respectively. Xeon E5-2628L v3 is an upcoming server processor based on the 22nm, Haxwell microarchitecture.