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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E5-2628L v3 Opteron 6212
Cyberpunk 2077 22% 56%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 110%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 24% 51%
FIFA 21 27% 46%
Watch Dogs Legion 5% 110%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12% 77%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 21% 142%
Grand Theft Auto VI 28% 156%
Godfall 51% 201%
Genshin Impact 41% 18%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2628L v3 is massively better than the AMD Opteron 6212 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 E5-2628L v3 was released over a year more recently than the Opteron 6212, and so the Xeon E5-2628L v3 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Xeon E5-2628L v3 has 2 more cores than the Opteron 6212. 10 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 Opteron 6212 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Xeon E5-2628L v3, 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 and Opteron 6212 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 6212 has a 0.6 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Xeon E5-2628L v3.

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 E5-2628L v3 has a 1560 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 6212, but on the other hand, it is the Opteron 6212 that has a 16359 MB bigger L3 cache than the Xeon E5-2628L v3. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Xeon E5-2628L v3 is likely superior 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 has a 40 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 6212, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 CodenameHaswell-EPInterlagos
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RSocket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201414 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores10vs8
CPU Threads20vs-
Clock Speed2 GHzvs2.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus -vs6400 MHz
Max TDP75 Wvs115 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature-vs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size640 KBvs48 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs8
L2 Cache Size2560 KBvs1000 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs8
L2 Cache Speed-vs2600 MHz
L3 Cache Size25 MBvs16384 MB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon E5-2628L v3 is an upcoming server processor based on the 22nm, Haxwell microarchitecture. Opteron Dodeca Core 6212 is a 8-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6000 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012.
Each Core is clocked at 2.6 and features one thread, making a total of 8.
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