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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-4360 3.7GHz Opteron 6272
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 12%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 90% 18%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 37% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 60% 0%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 52% 6%
FIFA 21 32% 18%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 120% 37%
Watch Dogs Legion 90% 18%
Genshin Impact 7% 33%
Grand Theft Auto VI 132% 44%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 6272 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 over a year more recently than the Opteron 6272, and so the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 6272 has 14 more cores than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz. With 16 cores, the Opteron 6272 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 Core i3-4360 3.7GHz and Opteron 6272 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 1.6 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 6272 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 Opteron 6272 has a 15872 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 61 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 6272, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, 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 Opteron 6272, 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 CodenameHaswellInterlagos
MoBo SocketLGA 1150Socket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 May 201414 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs16
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs2.1 GHz
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Max TDP54 Wvs115 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs768 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs16384 KB
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L3 Cache Size4 MBvs16 MB
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency400 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1250 MHzvs-
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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.
Opteron Hexadeca Core 6272 is a 16-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6200 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012.
Each Core is clocked at 2.1 and features one thread, making a total of 16.
Obviously not designed for gaming, due to its tremendous price, it will deliver great performance for those crazy enough to use for extreme gaming performance.