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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor W3503 Opteron 8218 HE
Cyberpunk 2077 407% 593%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 582% 833%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 391% 571%
FIFA 21 374% 548%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 474% 685%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 688% 977%
Watch Dogs Legion 582% 833%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 474% 685%
Grand Theft Auto VI 733% 1038%
Genshin Impact 284% 424%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor W3503 is noticeably better than the AMD Opteron 8218 HE 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 Processor W3503 was released over a year more recently than the Opteron 8218 HE, and so the Xeon Processor W3503 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor W3503 and the Opteron 8218 HE both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Xeon Processor W3503 and the Opteron 8218 HE may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 W3503 and Opteron 8218 HE 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 Opteron 8218 HE 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 Xeon Processor W3503 and the Opteron 8218 HE have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 8218 HE does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Xeon Processor W3503 definitely 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 Opteron 8218 HE has a 62 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor W3503. However, the Xeon Processor W3503 was created with a 45 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon Processor W3503 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNehalem-WSSanta Rosa
MoBo SocketLGA 1366/Socket BSocket F
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date29 Mar 200915 Aug 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus -vs1000 MHz
Max TDP130 Wvs68 W
Lithography45 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range-vs1.20 V/1.25 V KB
Max Temperature-vs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs2
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs2
L2 Cache Speed-vs2600 MHz
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs-
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon Processor W3503 is a Dual Core server processor. Offers very modest gaming performance.Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the Piledriver-based Opteron 4300 and 6300 series processors, codenamed "Seoul" and "Abu Dhabi" respectively.

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