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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Opteron 6204
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 54% 269%
Doom Eternal 36% 226%
Half-Life: Alyx 22% 193%
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 133%
Grand Theft Auto VI 66% 297%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 7% 156%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 22% 193%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 12% 167%
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 9% 118%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 77% 46%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 6204 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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz was released over a year more recently than the Opteron 6204, and so the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz and the Opteron 6204 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 Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz and Opteron 6204 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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz has a 0.2 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz and the Opteron 6204 have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 6204 has a 16378 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz.

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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz has a 27 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 6204, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz 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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz 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 6204, 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 CodenameDevils CanyonInterlagos
MoBo SocketLGA 1150Socket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Jun 201414 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.9 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs6400 MHz
Max TDP88 Wvs115 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range-vs1.1875V KB
Max Temperature73°Cvs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs4
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs4
L2 Cache Speed-vs3300 MHz
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs16384 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

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

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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i5-4690K 3.5GHz is a performance CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 3.9GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1200MHz, 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 88W.

Compared to Core i5-4670K there's an overall 3% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
Opteron Dodeca Core 6212 is a 4-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6000 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012.
Each Core is clocked at 3.3 and features one thread, making a total of 4.
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.

Vendor-Specific Features

Intel Quick Sync VideoAMD Power Management
Intel InTru 3DAMD Business Class
Intel InsiderAMD Black Edition
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options