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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor E5502 Sempron 150
Cyberpunk 2077 506% 811%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 716% 1126%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 487% 782%
Watch Dogs Legion 716% 1126%
FIFA 21 467% 752%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 586% 931%
Godfall 1070% 1658%
Grand Theft Auto VI 896% 1396%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 842% 1316%
Genshin Impact 359% 589%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor E5502 is noticeably better than the AMD Sempron 150 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 Sempron 150 was released less than a year after the Xeon Processor E5502, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor E5502 has 1 more core than the Sempron 150. However, while the Xeon Processor E5502 will probably perform better than the Sempron 150, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 E5502 and Sempron 150 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 Sempron 150 has a 1.03 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 Processor E5502 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 Xeon Processor E5502 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Sempron 150, and although the Sempron 150 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 Sempron 150 has a 35 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor E5502 (though they were created with the same size 45 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Sempron 150 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNehalem-EPSargas
MoBo SocketNot sureSocket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Mar 200907 Dec 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed1.87 GHzvs2.9 GHz
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Max TDP80 Wvs45 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs64 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon Processor E5502 is a Server CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.
With most of its features activated, it offers 4 Cores (4 Logical as well), clocked at 1.87GHz, 4MB of L3 Cache and the memory controller supports DDR3-800.
Obviously not meant for gaming purposes, though its introduction price was not very high, its performance is only average, considering today's standards.
Sempron 150 is a single core desktop CPU based on the K10 architecture.
Its only core is clocked at 2.9GHz and the memory controller supports DDR3 up to 1333MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance is very limited and not recommended for today's modern demanding and very demanding games.