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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 8224 SE Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 400% 18%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 574% 59%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 385% 14%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 467% 34%
FIFA 21 368% 10%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 438% 27%
Genshin Impact 279% 11%
Grand Theft Auto VI 722% 94%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 678% 84%
Watch Dogs Legion 574% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 8224 SE 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 Core i7-880 Quad was released less than a year after the Opteron 8224 SE, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i7-880 Quad has 2 more cores than the Opteron 8224 SE. With 4 cores, the Core i7-880 Quad 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 8224 SE and Core i7-880 Quad 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 Opteron 8224 SE has a 0.14 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 8224 SE and the Core i7-880 Quad have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 8224 SE does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Core i7-880 Quad definitely 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 Core i7-880 Quad has a 24 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 8224 SE, and was created with a 45 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i7-880 Quad will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSanta RosaLynnfield
MoBo SocketSocket Fr2LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Aug 200630 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads-vs8
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs3.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.73 GHz
System Bus 1000 MHzvs-
Max TDP119 Wvs95 W
Lithography90 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Voltage Range1.325 V/1.350 V/1.375 V/1.400 V KBvs-
Max Temperature55°Cvs73°C
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L1 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count2vs-
L2 Cache Speed3200 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size-vs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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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.Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.06GHz, which may go up to 3.73GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.

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