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Game Xeon E5-2628L v3 Phenom II X4 B97
Cyberpunk 2077 22% 55%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 109%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 24% 50%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12% 76%
FIFA 21 27% 45%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 16% 67%
Genshin Impact 41% 18%
Grand Theft Auto VI 28% 155%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 21% 141%
Watch Dogs Legion 5% 109%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2628L v3 is massively better than the AMD Phenom II X4 B97 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 three years more recently than the Phenom II X4, and so the Xeon E5-2628L v3 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Phenom II X4 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 Phenom II X4. 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 Phenom II X4 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 Phenom II X4. The Phenom II X4 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 Phenom II X4 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 Phenom II X4 has a 1.2 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. 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom II X4, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 Phenom II X4, and was created with a 23 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswell-EPDeneb
MoBo SocketLGA 2011/Socket RSocket AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201401 Oct 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores10vs4
CPU Threads20vs4
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Max TDP75 Wvs95 W
Lithography22 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size640 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size2560 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size25 MBvs6 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. Phenom II X4 B97 is a business-class processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.2GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

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