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Game Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Opteron 2439 SE
Red Dead Redemption 2 9% 136%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 19% 75%
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 101%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 9% 136%
Borderlands 3 9% 136%
FIFA 20 22% 69%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 18% 157%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 20% 161%
eFootball PES 2020 10% 94%
The Outer Worlds 5% 107%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 2439 SE 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 i5-7600K 3.8GHz was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 2439 SE, and so the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 2439 SE when running the latest games.

The Opteron 2439 SE has 2 more cores than the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz. 6 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 Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz is more than enough for gaming purposes.

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 i5-7600K 3.8GHz and Opteron 2439 SE 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 Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz has a 1 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 2439 SE 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 Opteron 2439 SE has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Opteron 2439 SE wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 i5-7600K 3.8GHz has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 2439 SE, and was created with a 31 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz 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 CodenameKaby LakeIstanbul
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket F
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Jan 201713 Jun 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs6
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.8 GHzvs2.8 GHz
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Max TDP95 Wvs105 W
Lithography14 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe specific performance specs for this high end Intel CPU are still unconfirmed, but some benchmarks are starting to appear.
The Core i5-7600K 4-Core 3.8GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm, Kaby Lake micro architecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 3.8GHz, which may go up and 8MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated and the processor has its multiplier unlocked. This CPU is likely to offer exceptional computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on high/ultra graphics performance without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.
Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor to implement 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 8- and 12-core Socket G34 Opterons, code-named Magny-Cours.

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