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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E5-2650 v2 FX-9590
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 28%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 3%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 32% 30%
Grand Theft Auto VI 16% 19%
FIFA 21 34% 32%
Genshin Impact 47% 45%
Far Cry 6 11% 14%
Hitman 3 5% 3%
Watch Dogs Legion 5% 3%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 9% 13%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 is very slightly better than the AMD FX-9590 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 E5-2650 v2 was released less than a year after the FX-9590, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance 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 E5-2650 v2 and the FX-9590 both have 8 cores. Games are not yet able to harness this many cores, so it is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games; however, if you intend on running a server with this CPU, 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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 and FX-9590 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 2.1 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 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 E5-2650 v2 has a 125 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-9590. However, the FX-9590 was created with a 22 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon E5-2650 v2 and the FX-9590 would appear to produce roughly the same amount of heat, and consume about the same amount of power.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameIvy Bridge-
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RSocket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date10 Sep 201311 Jun 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs8
CPU Threads-vs8
Clock Speed2.6 GHzvs4.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.4 GHzvs5 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs220 W
Lithography22 nmvs-
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Voltage Range0.651.30V KBvs-
Max Temperature75°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L3 Cache Size20 MBvs8 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel Xeon E5-2650 v2 is part of the Xeon E5 v2 Series, and was released by Intel in September 2013.
It's based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and the memory controller supports DDR3-800, DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600.
It has 8 cores 16 threads. Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2 Turbo Boost is also available at 3.4GHz.
The Xeon E5-2650 v2 is a high performance CPU.
FX-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.