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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-4360 3.7GHz Xeon E5-2630L v2
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 13%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 90% 18%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 37% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 60% 1%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 52% 6%
FIFA 21 32% 18%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 120% 36%
Watch Dogs Legion 90% 18%
Genshin Impact 7% 34%
Grand Theft Auto VI 132% 44%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2630L v2 is massively better than the Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz 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 i3-4360 3.7GHz was released less than a year after the Xeon E5-2630L v2, 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 E5-2630L v2 has 4 more cores than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz. With 6 cores, the Xeon E5-2630L v2 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Xeon E5-2630L v2 has 8 more threads than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz. Both the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and the Xeon E5-2630L v2 use hyperthreading. The Core i3-4360 3.7GHz has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E5-2630L v2 has 2.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and Xeon E5-2630L v2 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 i3-4360 3.7GHz has a 1.3 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 Xeon E5-2630L v2 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 Core i3-4360 3.7GHz has a 256 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2630L v2, but on the other hand, it is the Xeon E5-2630L v2 that has a 11 MB bigger L3 cache than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz. The L3 size of the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Xeon E5-2630L v2.

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 i3-4360 3.7GHz has a 6 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-2630L v2 (though they were created with the same size 22 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i3-4360 3.7GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Xeon E5-2630L v2, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketLGA 1150LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 May 201410 Sep 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs6
CPU Threads4vs12
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.8 GHz
Max TDP54 Wvs60 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs63°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs15 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktopno
Base GPU Frequency400 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1250 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs52.5mm x 45mm
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i3-4360 3.7GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.7GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and HyperThreading are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 54W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
The Xeon E5-2630L is a 6-core, 64-bit processor in the Xeon E5 V2 family. It was released in September 2013. The E5-2630L v2 is the low power edition of the E5-2630 v2, with a TDP of 60 watts as opposed to the typical 110+ wattage of most of this processor family.