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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8374 HE Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 324%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 311% 471%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 196% 311%
Watch Dogs Legion 311% 471%
Godfall 489% 719%
FIFA 21 185% 297%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 246% 380%
Grand Theft Auto VI 402% 597%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 375% 559%
Genshin Impact 131% 221%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 8374 HE is significantly better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core was released less than a year after the Opteron 8374 HE, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 8374 HE has 2 more cores than the Pentium Dual Core. With 4 cores, the Opteron 8374 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 Opteron 8374 HE and Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 0.733 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 8374 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 Opteron 8374 HE and the Pentium Dual Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 8374 HE has a 6141 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Pentium Dual Core.

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 8374 HE has a 18 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core. However, the Pentium Dual Core was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium Dual Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameShanghaiClarkdale
MoBo SocketSocket Fr2LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date29 Jan 200909 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads-vs2
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs2.933 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 1000 MHzvs-
Max TDP55 Wvs73 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Voltage Range1.2V KBvs0.6500V-1.4000V KB
Max Temperature55°Cvs72.6°C
Virtualization Technologyyesvsyes
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Speed2200 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size6144 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs17 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
Base GPU Frequency-vs533 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs2
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs37.5mm x 37.5mm
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs2
PCIe Configurations-vs2

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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.- Note that these are also dual core, but under the Pentium brand. - Based on Westmere microarchitecture - All models support: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST), Intel 64, XD bit (an NX bit implementation), Intel VT-x, Smart Cache.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementIntel Quick Sync Video
AMDBusiness ClassIntel InTru 3D
AMD Black EditionIntel Insider
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options