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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 7 3700 12-Core 3.8GHz Xeon E3-1230 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 38% 3%
eFootball PES 2020 40% 6%
Borderlands 3 38% 3%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 55%
Metro: Exodus 2% 55%
Doom Eternal 40% 6%
The Division 2 14% 80%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 2% 55%
Watch Dogs Legion 38% 3%
FIFA 20 64% 43%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700 12-Core 3.8GHz 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 7 3700 was released over three years more recently than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, and so the Ryzen 7 3700 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 7 3700 has 8 more cores than the Xeon E3-1230 v2. 12 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 7 3700, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen 7 3700 has 16 more threads than the Xeon E3-1230 v2. Both the Ryzen 7 3700 and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 7 3700 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 7 3700 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 7 3700 has a 0.5 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Ryzen 7 3700.

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 7 3700 has a 2048 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 7 3700. However, the Ryzen 7 3700 was created with a 15 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Ryzen 7 3700 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Ryzen 7 3700 has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Xeon E3-1230 v2, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon RX Vega 11, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZen 2Ivy Bridge-H2
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Apr 201914 May 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores12vs4
CPU Threads24vs8
Clock Speed3.8 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.6 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs69 W
Lithography7 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs66°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size16 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 11
Base GPU Frequency1063 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1190 MHzvs-
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Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 7 3700 is a mid to high-range CPU based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It offers 12 physical cores (24 logical), initially clocked at 3.8GHz, which may go up to 4.6GHz using Precision Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 16MB 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 95W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFR), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It features an integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU with 11 Compute Units that offers low-end graphical performance.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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