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Game Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz Opteron 6344
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 36%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 79% 18%
eFootball PES 2020 35% 38%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 124% 3%
Grand Theft Auto VI 124% 3%
Red Dead Redemption 2 88% 14%
Borderlands 3 40% 36%
Control 41% 35%
F1 2019 87% 14%
The Division 2 159% 19%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 6344 is massively better than the Intel Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz 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 Opteron 6344 was released less than a year after the Core i3-7101E 2-Core, 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 Opteron 6344 has 10 more cores than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core. With 12 cores, the Opteron 6344 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Opteron 6344 has 8 more threads than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core. The Opteron 6344 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i3-7101E 2-Core 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 i3-7101E 2-Core and Opteron 6344 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 i3-7101E 2-Core has a 1.3 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 6344 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 6344 has a 11776 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-7101E 2-Core, 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 Core i3-7101E 2-Core has a 61 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 6344, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-7101E 2-Core 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).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaby LakeAbu Dhabi
MoBo SocketNot sureSocket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Nov -000105 Nov 2012
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs12
CPU Threads4vs12
Clock Speed3.9 GHzvs2.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.2 GHz
Max TDP54 Wvs115 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size64 KBvs576 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs12288 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs16 MB
Max Memory Size-vs384 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-7101E 2-Core 3.9GHz is a Middle-Class CPU based on Intel's 7th Gen 14nm, Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 3.9GHz. It doesn't have an unlocked multiplier therefore it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 3MB 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 54W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Intel Enhanced Speedstep, HyperThreading 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 good computational performance but may suffer from performance dips on higher resolutions and demanding applications.Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported 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.

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