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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon 64 FX-53 Opteron 2218
Cyberpunk 2077 698% 500%
Hitman 3 974% 708%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 974% 708%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 673% 481%
FIFA 21 646% 461%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1211% 886%
Far Cry 6 1158% 846%
Genshin Impact 504% 354%
Battlefield 6 1016% 739%
Resident Evil 8 786% 566%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 2218 is very slightly better than the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 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 2218 was released less than a year after the Athlon 64 FX-53, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 2218 has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 FX-53. However, while the Opteron 2218 will probably perform better than the Athlon 64 FX-53, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 64 FX-53 and Opteron 2218 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 Opteron 2218 has a 0.2 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 Opteron 2218 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon 64 FX-53, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Opteron 2218 wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 64 FX-53 has a 6 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 2218. However, the Opteron 2218 was created with a 40 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Opteron 2218 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSledgeHammerSanta Rosa
MoBo SocketSocket 939Socket F
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Jun 200415 Aug 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs2
CPU Threads1vs-
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.6 GHz
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Max TDP89 Wvs95 W
Lithography130 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature70°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size128 KBvs64 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAthlon 64 FX-53 is an entry-level Processor based on the 130nm K8 micro-architecture.

It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.
No relevant technologies are activated in a way the processor doesn't even support Virtualization.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 89W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.
This dual core is paired with another 2218 dual core and used as part of a multi-cpu system.
See the Opteron Multi CPU section for the full version with twice the power.