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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8380 Athlon II X3 435
Cyberpunk 2077 169% 262%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 262% 387%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 160% 251%
Watch Dogs Legion 262% 387%
FIFA 21 151% 239%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 204% 310%
Godfall 419% 599%
Grand Theft Auto VI 342% 495%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 318% 463%
Genshin Impact 104% 174%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 8380 is significantly better than the AMD Athlon II X3 435 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 II X3 was released less than a year after the Opteron 8380, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 8380 has 1 more core than the Athlon II X3. With 4 cores, the Opteron 8380 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 Opteron 8380 and Athlon II X3 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 II X3 has a 0.4 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 Opteron 8380.

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 II X3 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 8380, and although the Athlon II X3 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 Opteron 8380 has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon II X3 (though they were created with the same size 45 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Opteron 8380 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameShanghaiRana
MoBo SocketSocket Fr2Socket AM2+ / AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date13 Nov 200820 Oct 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs3
Clock Speed2.5 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 1000 MHzvs-
Max TDP75 Wvs95 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Voltage Range1.35 V KBvs-
Max Temperature55°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs384 KB
L1 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1536 KB
L2 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Speed2500 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size6144 MBvs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
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DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOpteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported 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 Piledriver-based Opteron 4300 and 6300 series processors, codenamed "Seoul" and "Abu Dhabi" respectively.The Athlon II series is based on the AMD K10 architecture and derived from the Phenom II series. However, unlike its Phenom siblings, it does not contain any L3 Cache. There are two Athlon II dies: the dual-core Regor die with 1 MB L2 Cache per core and the four-core Propus with 512 KB per core. Regor is a native dual-core design with lower TDP and additional L2 to offset the removal of L3 cache. The three core Rana is derived from the Propus quad-core design, with one core disabled.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementAMD Power Management
AMDBusiness ClassAMD Business Class
AMD Black EditionAMD Black Edition