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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Budapest Budapest
MoBo Socket Socket AM2+ Socket AM2+
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 01 Apr 2008 01 Apr 2008
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores 4 4
Clock Speed 2.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
Max TDP 115 W 115 W
Lithography 65 nm 65 nm
Bit Width - -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 512 KB 512 KB
L2 Cache Size 2048 KB 2048 KB
L2 Cache Speed - -
L3 Cache Size 2 MB 2 MB
Memory Types
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review 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. 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.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 1354 is marginally better than the AMD Opteron 1352 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.

Both the Opteron 1354 and the Opteron 1352 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

{ The Opteron 1354 and the Opteron 1352 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

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 Opteron 1354 and the Opteron 1352 are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.1 GHz faster base clock rate, the Opteron 1354 manages to provide marginally better performance than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Opteron 1352</span>.

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 1354 and the Opteron 1352 have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, we have to look back to the clock rate, where the Opteron 1354 wins out.

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.

Both the Opteron 1354 and the Opteron 1352 have the same TDP of 115 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 65 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.