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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E3-1225 v2 Opteron 2222 X2
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 171%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 31% 265%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 6% 163%
FIFA 21 9% 154%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 10% 207%
Watch Dogs Legion 31% 265%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 51% 322%
Grand Theft Auto VI 60% 346%
Genshin Impact 26% 105%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 10% 207%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E3-1225 v2 is massively better than the AMD Opteron 2222 X2 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 Xeon E3-1225 v2 was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 2222 X2, and so the Xeon E3-1225 v2 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 2222 X2 when running the latest games.

The Xeon E3-1225 v2 has 2 more cores than the Opteron 2222 X2. With 4 cores, the Xeon E3-1225 v2 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 Xeon E3-1225 v2 and Opteron 2222 X2 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 Xeon E3-1225 v2 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 2222 X2 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E3-1225 v2, and although the Opteron 2222 X2 does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

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 E3-1225 v2 has a 18 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 2222 X2, and was created with a 68 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon E3-1225 v2 will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Xeon E3-1225 v2 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 Opteron 2222 X2, 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 Intel HD Graphics P4000, 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.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameIvy Bridge-H2Santa Rosa
MoBo SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2Socket F
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 May 201205 Aug 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.6 GHzvs-
Max TDP77 Wvs95 W
Lithography22 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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L3 Cache Size8 MBvs-
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics P4000
Base GPU Frequency650 MHzvs-
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Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon E3-1225 v2 is a Server Processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates mildly powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics P4000, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1250MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 77W.

Though not created for gaming purposes, its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.
For Socket F and Socket AM2 Opterons, each chip has a four-digit model number, in the form Opteron XZYY. For all Opterons, the first digit (the X) specifies the number of CPUs on the target machine:
1 - Designed for uniprocessor systems
2 - Designed for dual-processor systems
8 - Designed for systems with 4 or 8 processors
For Socket F and Socket AM2 Opterons, the second digit (the Z) represents the processor generation. Presently, only 2 (dual-core), DDR2, 3 (quad-core) and 4 (six-core) are used.
For all Opterons, the last two digits in the model number (the YY) indicate the clock frequency of a CPU, a higher number indicating a higher clock frequency. This speed indication is comparable to processors of the same generation if they have the same amount of cores, single-cores and dual-cores have different indications despite sometimes having the same clock frequency.
The suffix HE or EE indicates a high-efficiency/energy-efficiency model having a lower TDP than a standard Opteron. The suffix SE indicates a top-of-the-line model having a higher TDP than a standard Opteron.