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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8218 HE Pentium D Extreme Edition 3.47GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 593% 912%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 833% 1262%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 571% 880%
FIFA 21 548% 846%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 685% 1046%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 977% 1473%
Watch Dogs Legion 833% 1262%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 685% 1046%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1038% 1563%
Genshin Impact 424% 666%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 8218 HE is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium D Extreme Edition 3.47GHz 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 8218 HE was released less than a year after the Pentium D Extreme, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 8218 HE and the Pentium D Extreme both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Opteron 8218 HE and the Pentium D Extreme may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 8218 HE and Pentium D Extreme 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 D Extreme has a 0.86 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 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 8218 HE has a 1020 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium D Extreme, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Opteron 8218 HE wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The System Bus Speed is important for providing higher bandwidth, and with higher bandwidth the system has the capacity to move more data over a certain time period than it would with lower bandwidth.

The Pentium D Extreme has a 66 MHz faster System Bus Speed than the Opteron 8218 HE, and as such, has a marginally higher limit when it comes to the size of the data being processed at once.

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 8218 HE has a 62 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium D Extreme. However, the Pentium D Extreme was created with a 25 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Opteron 8218 HE is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSanta RosaPresler XE
MoBo SocketSocket FLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Aug 200627 Dec 2005
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.6 GHzvs3.46 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus 1000 MHzvs1066 MHz
Max TDP68 Wvs130 W
Lithography90 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Voltage Range1.20 V/1.25 V KBvs1.200V-1.3375V KB
Max Temperature55°Cvs68.6°C
Virtualization Technologyyesvsyes
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs32 KB
L1 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs4 KB
L2 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Speed2600 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

Graphicsno
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DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs37.5mm x 37.5mm
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Gaming Performance Value

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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 Pentium Extreme Edition based on the dual-core Pentium D branded Presler was introduced as the 955 model, at 3.46 GHz, and used a 1066 MT/s FSB compared to the 800 MT/s in the non-Extreme edition. A second version, the 965 at 3.73 GHz followed in March 2006. Both CPU's also feature Hyper-Threading Technology. Many overclockers, however, had been able to overclock the core to 4.26 GHz using air cooling simply by raising the unlocked CPU multiplier. The 'Presler Extreme Edition' would run only combined with the Intel 975X chipset (it could also work with the 955X chipset, though this combination was not supported by Intel). The i975X featured the ICH7R southbridge and supported all LGA 775 (Socket T) Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Pentium Extreme Edition branded processors.

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