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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon E5-2628L v3 APU A10-7700k Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 22% 61%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 116%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 24% 56%
FIFA 21 27% 50%
Watch Dogs Legion 5% 116%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12% 82%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 21% 150%
Grand Theft Auto VI 28% 164%
Godfall 51% 210%
Genshin Impact 41% 22%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2628L v3 is massively better than the AMD APU A10-7700k Quad-Core 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 less than a year after the APU A10-7700k Quad-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when 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 6 more cores than the APU A10-7700k Quad-Core. 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 APU A10-7700k Quad-Core 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.

The Xeon E5-2628L v3 has 16 more threads than the APU A10-7700k Quad-Core. The APU A10-7700k Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Xeon E5-2628L v3 uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 APU A10-7700k Quad-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 APU A10-7700k Quad-Core has a 1.4 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 APU A10-7700k Quad-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2628L v3, and although the APU A10-7700k Quad-Core 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A10-7700k Quad-Core, and was created with a 6 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon E5-2628L v3 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).

The APU A10-7700k Quad-Core 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3, 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 Radeon R7 7700K, 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 CodenameHaswell-EPKaveri
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RSocket FM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201414 Jan 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores10vs4
CPU Threads20vs4
Clock Speed2 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.8 GHz
Max TDP75 Wvs95 W
Lithography22 nmvs28 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size640 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2560 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size25 MBvs-
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs2400 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R7 7700K
Base GPU Frequency-vs720 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs836 MHz
DirectX-vs11.2
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs3
PCIe Configurations-vs3

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon E5-2628L v3 is an upcoming server processor based on the 22nm, Haxwell microarchitecture. APU A10-7850K Quad-Core is a performance CPU based on the 28nm, Steamroller architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.4GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the processor has the clock multiplier unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Radeon R7 7700K, with 384 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 720MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.