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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor 5150 Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 445% 18%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 633% 59%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 428% 14%
FIFA 21 409% 10%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 517% 34%
Watch Dogs Legion 633% 59%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 747% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 795% 94%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 517% 34%
Genshin Impact 312% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor 5150 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 Xeon Processor 5150, 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 Xeon Processor 5150. 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 Xeon Processor 5150 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 Core i7-880 Quad 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 Core i7-880 Quad.

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 Xeon Processor 5150 has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-880 Quad, and although the Xeon Processor 5150 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 Xeon Processor 5150 has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-880 Quad. However, the Core i7-880 Quad was created with a 20 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i7-880 Quad is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameWoodcrestLynnfield
MoBo SocketLGA 771/Socket JLGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date26 Jun 200630 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads-vs8
Clock Speed2.66 GHzvs3.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.73 GHz
System Bus 1333 MHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography65 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1024 KB
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L3 Cache Size-vs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon Processor 5150 is a now old server Dual Core processor. Based on the 65nm Woodcrest core, this CPU comes with a Thermal design power of 65 watts, and lacks L3 Cache. You might want to look for a newer processor for server needs. 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.