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Game Ryzen R7 1700X Xeon E3-1230 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 39% 3%
eFootball PES 2020 41% 6%
Control 22% 24%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22% 24%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 2% 55%
Borderlands 3 39% 3%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 55%
Red Dead Redemption 2 18% 30%
F1 2019 18% 30%
Doom Eternal 41% 6%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen R7 1700X is massively better than the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 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 Ryzen R7 1700X was released over three years more recently than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, and so the Ryzen R7 1700X is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon E3-1230 v2 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 Ryzen R7 1700X has 4 more cores than the Xeon E3-1230 v2. 8 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 E3-1230 v2 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen R7 1700X, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen R7 1700X has 8 more threads than the Xeon E3-1230 v2. Both the Ryzen R7 1700X and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen R7 1700X has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 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 Ryzen R7 1700X and Xeon E3-1230 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 Ryzen R7 1700X has a 0.1 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 Ryzen R7 1700X has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, 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 E3-1230 v2 has a 26 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Ryzen R7 1700X. However, the Ryzen R7 1700X was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon E3-1230 v2 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZenIvy Bridge-H2
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Mar 201714 May 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs4
CPU Threads16vs8
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs69 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs66°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD Ryzen R7 1700X 8-Core 3.4GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm Zen micro architecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 threads), initially clocked at 3.4GHz base clock and 3.8GHz boost with an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and 16MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost. 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.Xeon E3-1230 v2 is a Server Processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 69W.

Though not created for gaming purposes, its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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