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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FX-8320E Phenom II X2 565
Cyberpunk 2077 10% 280%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 412%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 6% 269%
Grand Theft Auto VI 80% 525%
FIFA 21 3% 256%
Genshin Impact 17% 188%
Far Cry 6 73% 500%
Hitman 3 48% 412%
Watch Dogs Legion 48% 412%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 71% 491%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD FX-8320E is massively better than the AMD Phenom II X2 565 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 FX-8320E was released over three years more recently than the Phenom II X2, and so the FX-8320E is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Phenom II X2 when running the latest games.

The FX-8320E has 6 more cores than the Phenom II X2. With 8 cores, the FX-8320E is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 FX-8320E and Phenom II X2 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 X2 has a 0.2 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. 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 FX-8320E has a 7168 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom II X2, 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 Phenom II X2 has a 15 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-8320E. However, the FX-8320E was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the FX-8320E is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameVisheraCallisto
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+Socket AM2+ / AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201407 Dec 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs2
CPU Threads8vs-
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Max TDP95 Wvs80 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size384 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size8192 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs6 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFX-8320E is an energy efficient CPU based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture.

It offers 8 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

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

Its rank and specifications are still predicted.
The Phenom II triples the shared L3 cache size from 2MB (in the original Phenom line) to 6MB, leading to benchmark performance gains as high as 30%. In another change from the original Phenom, Cool 'n Quiet applies to the processor as a whole, rather than on a per-core basis. AMD implemented this in order to address the mishandling of threads by Windows Vista, which can cause single-threaded applications to run on a core that idles at half its clock rate.
Socket AM2+ versions of the Phenom II (920, 940) lack forward-compatibility with Socket AM3. Socket AM3 versions of the Phenom II are backwards-compatible with Socket AM2+, though this is contingent on motherboard manufacturers supplying BIOS updates.