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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor W3503 Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 463% 628%
Call of Duty Warzone 391% 535%
Grand Theft Auto VI 862% 1144%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 609% 817%
Minecraft: Dungeons 463% 628%
Maneater 463% 628%
Valorant 239% 339%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 606% 813%
Doom Eternal 688% 919%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 792% 1054%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor W3503 is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core E2220 2.40GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core, 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 Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core 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 Xeon Processor W3503 and the Pentium Dual Core both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. 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 Pentium Dual Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 65 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor W3503. However, the Xeon Processor W3503 was created with a 20 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Pentium Dual Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNehalem-WSAllendale
MoBo SocketLGA 1366/Socket BLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date29 Mar 200902 Mar 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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Max TDP130 Wvs65 W
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon Processor W3503 is a Dual Core server processor. Offers very modest gaming performance.The Intel Pentium Dual-Core brand refers to mainstream x86-architecture microprocessors from Intel. With the exception of a few early Yonah based mobile models, they are now all based on the 64-bit Core microarchitecture. Pentium Dual-Core lacks the SSE4.1 instruction found in the 45 nm Core 2 processors.