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Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon 240GE 2-Core 3.5GHz Opteron 4274 HE
Cyberpunk 2077 32% 40%
Hitman 3 78% 89%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 78% 89%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 28% 36%
FIFA 21 23% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 117% 131%
Far Cry 6 108% 121%
Genshin Impact 0% 6%
Battlefield 6 85% 96%
Resident Evil 8 47% 56%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 240GE 2-Core 3.5GHz is very slightly better than the AMD Opteron 4274 HE 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 Athlon 240GE 2-Core was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 4274 HE, and so the Athlon 240GE 2-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 4274 HE 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 4274 HE has 6 more cores than the Athlon 240GE 2-Core. With 8 cores, the Opteron 4274 HE is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 Athlon 240GE 2-Core and Opteron 4274 HE 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 Athlon 240GE 2-Core 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 4274 HE 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 Athlon 240GE 2-Core has a 24 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 4274 HE, but on the other hand, it is the Opteron 4274 HE that has a 4 MB bigger L3 cache than the Athlon 240GE 2-Core. The L3 size of the Athlon 240GE 2-Core is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Opteron 4274 HE.

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 Athlon 240GE 2-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 4274 HE, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Athlon 240GE 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameRaven RidgeValencia
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket C32
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date21 Dec 201814 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs8
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs2.5 GHz
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System Bus -vs3200 MHz
Max TDP35 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs68°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD Athlon 240GE 2-Core 3.5GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 14nm Zen microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 3.5GHz. It has a locked multiplier and therefore cannot overclocked using traditional methods. It has 4MB 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 35W, making it a low-end, power-efficient CPU. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It features an integrated Vega 3 GPU with 3 Execution units, 192 Shaders, and a maximum clock speed of 1,000MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that can run less demanding eSports titles at 720p.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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AMD Power ManagementAMD Power Management
AMDBusiness ClassAMD Business Class
AMD Black EditionAMD Black Edition