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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon X4 840 Opteron 6276
Cyberpunk 2077 80% 17%
Hitman 3 142% 11%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 142% 11%
The Medium 209% 42%
Resident Evil 8 100% 8%
FIFA 21 68% 23%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 75% 20%
Grand Theft Auto VI 196% 36%
Genshin Impact 36% 37%
Far Cry 6 184% 30%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 6276 is massively better than the AMD Athlon X4 840 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 Athlon X4 840 was released over a year more recently than the Opteron 6276, and so the Athlon X4 840 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Opteron 6276 has 12 more cores than the Athlon X4 840. 16 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Athlon X4 840 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Opteron 6276, it would seem to be a decent choice.

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 Athlon X4 840 and Opteron 6276 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 Athlon X4 840 has a 1.1 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 6276 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 Athlon X4 840 has a 1048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 6276, and although the Athlon X4 840 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 Athlon X4 840 has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 6276, and was created with a 4 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Athlon X4 840 will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSteamrollerInterlagos
MoBo SocketSocket FM2+Socket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Aug 201414 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs16
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs6400 MHz
Max TDP95 Wvs115 W
Lithography28 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature-vs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs48 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs16
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1000 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs16
L2 Cache Speed-vs2300 MHz
L3 Cache Size-vs16384 MB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAthlon X4 840 is a Quad Core based on the 28nm, Streamroller microarchitecture.
We will add more information, once it becomes available.
Opteron Hexadeca Core 6274 is a 16-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6200 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012.
Each Core is clocked at 2.2 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.

Vendor-Specific Features

AMD Power ManagementAMD Power Management
AMDBusiness ClassAMD Business Class
AMD Black EditionAMD Black Edition