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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E5-1620 v2 Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 18%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 26% 59%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 9% 14%
FIFA 21 12% 10%
Watch Dogs Legion 26% 59%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 6% 34%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 46% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 54% 94%
Godfall 81% 128%
Genshin Impact 29% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-1620 v2 is massively better than the Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz 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 Xeon E5-1620 v2 was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-880 Quad, and so the Xeon E5-1620 v2 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-880 Quad 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 Xeon E5-1620 v2 and the Core i7-880 Quad both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

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 E5-1620 v2 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 Xeon E5-1620 v2 has a 0.64 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 .

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 E5-1620 v2 and the Core i7-880 Quad have the same L2 cache size, but the Xeon E5-1620 v2 has a 2 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Core i7-880 Quad.

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 35 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-1620 v2. However, the Xeon E5-1620 v2 was created with a 23 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon E5-1620 v2 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameIvy BridgeLynnfield
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RLGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date10 Sep 201330 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads-vs8
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs3.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.73 GHz
Max TDP130 Wvs95 W
Lithography22 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width4 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature70°Cvs73°C
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L1 Cache Count8vs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count4vs-
L2 Cache Speed256 MHzvs-
L3 Cache Size10 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

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DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Revision2vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel Xeon E5-1620 v2 is a Server Processor based on the Ivy Bridge architecture but without featuring integrated graphics. All the other features are enabled. Its performance is quite extreme, as is its price.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

Intel Quick Sync VideoIntel Quick Sync Video
Intel InTru 3DIntel InTru 3D
Intel InsiderIntel Insider
Intel Wireless DisplayIntel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible DisplayIntel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HDIntel Clear Video HD
Intel vProIntel vPro
Intel Hyper-ThreadingIntel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/OIntel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted ExecutionIntel Trusted Execution
AES New InstructionsAES New Instructions
Intel Anti-TheftIntel Anti-Theft
Idle StatesIdle States
Intel SpeedStepIntel SpeedStep
Thermal MonitoringThermal Monitoring
Execute Disable BitExecute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPTIntel VT-x with EPT
Embedded OptionsEmbedded Options