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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Xeon E5-2470 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 0% 10%
Call of Duty Warzone 13% 22%
Minecraft: Dungeons 0% 10%
Valorant 40% 46%
Grand Theft Auto VI 71% 53%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 26% 13%
Doom Eternal 40% 26%
Maneater 0% 10%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 58% 42%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2% 9%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2470 v2 is significantly better than the Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz 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 i5-7500 3.4GHz was released over a year more recently than the Xeon E5-2470 v2, and so the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 E5-2470 v2 has 6 more cores than the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz. 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 Core i5-7500 3.4GHz is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Xeon E5-2470 v2, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Xeon E5-2470 v2 has 16 more threads than the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz. The Core i5-7500 3.4GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Xeon E5-2470 v2 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 Core i5-7500 3.4GHz and Xeon E5-2470 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 Core i5-7500 3.4GHz 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 Xeon E5-2470 v2 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 Core i5-7500 3.4GHz has a 768 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2470 v2, but on the other hand, it is the Xeon E5-2470 v2 that has a 19 MB bigger L3 cache than the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz is likely superior 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 Core i5-7500 3.4GHz has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-2470 v2, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-7500 3.4GHz 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 CodenameKaby Lake-SIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1356
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date03 Jan 201709 Jan 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs10
CPU Threads4vs20
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Voltage Range-vs0.65-1.30V KB
Max Temperature100°Cvs80°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs256 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs25 MB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i5-7500 4-Core 3.4GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 7th Gen 14nm, Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.4GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz using Turbo Boost. It doesn't have an unlocked multiplier therefore it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 6MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 65W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Intel Enhanced Speedstep, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated. It integrates Intel HD Graphics 630 on board. It has a base frequency of 350MHz which can go up to 1GHz as well as offering DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.Intel Xeon E5-2470 v2 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon E5 v2 Series. It was released by Intel on 9th January 2014.
It's based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and the memory controller supports DDR3-800, DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600.
It has 10 cores each with 2 threads, making a total of 20. Xeon E5-2470 v2 Turbo Boost is also available at 3.2GHz
It is a high performing processor.