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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FX-9590 Opteron 6164 HE
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 36%
Hitman 3 3% 84%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3% 84%
Resident Evil 8 20% 52%
FIFA 21 32% 28%
Grand Theft Auto VI 19% 124%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 30% 32%
Genshin Impact 45% 3%
The Medium 24% 134%
Far Cry 6 14% 115%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD FX-9590 is massively better than the AMD Opteron 6164 HE 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 FX-9590 was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 6164 HE, and so the FX-9590 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 6164 HE when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Opteron 6164 HE has 4 more cores than the FX-9590. 12 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the FX-9590 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Opteron 6164 HE, it would seem to be a decent choice.

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 FX-9590 and Opteron 6164 HE 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 FX-9590 has a 3 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 6164 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 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 6164 HE has a 135 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-9590. However, the FX-9590 was created with a 45 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the FX-9590 and the Opteron 6164 HE would appear to produce roughly the same amount of heat, and consume about the same amount of power.

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Magny-Cours
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+Socket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date11 Jun 201329 Mar 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs12
CPU Threads8vs-
Clock Speed4.7 GHzvs1.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency5 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs6400 MHz
Max TDP220 Wvs85 W
Lithography-vs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range-vs1.0750 KB
Max Temperature-vs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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L1 Cache Size-vs128 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs12
L2 Cache Size-vs512 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs12
L2 Cache Speed-vs1700 MHz
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs12288 MB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFX-9590 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture.

It offers 8 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 4.7GHz, which may go up to 5.0GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT have any integrated graphics, and has a rated board TDP of 220W.

Compared to its predecessor FX-8350 there's an overall 12% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
Opteron 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.

Vendor-Specific Features

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