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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core 2 Duo E8290 2.83GHz Opteron 2381 HE
Cyberpunk 2077 170% 163%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 263% 254%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 162% 155%
FIFA 21 152% 146%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 206% 198%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 320% 309%
Watch Dogs Legion 263% 254%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 206% 198%
Grand Theft Auto VI 344% 332%
Genshin Impact 104% 99%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 2381 HE is marginally better than the Intel Core 2 Duo E8290 2.83GHz 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 Opteron 2381 HE was released less than a year after the Core 2 Duo, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 2381 HE has 2 more cores than the Core 2 Duo. With 4 cores, the Opteron 2381 HE 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 Core 2 Duo and Opteron 2381 HE 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 Core 2 Duo has a 0.33 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 Opteron 2381 HE.

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 Core 2 Duo has a 5632 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 2381 HE, and although the Core 2 Duo 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 Opteron 2381 HE has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core 2 Duo (though they were created with the same size 45 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Opteron 2381 HE 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 CodenameWolfdaleShanghai
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket F
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date10 Aug 200822 Apr 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed2.83 GHzvs2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus -vs2000 MHz
Max TDP65 Wvs55 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range-vs1.325V KB
Max Temperature72°Cvs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs4
L2 Cache Size6144 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs4
L2 Cache Speed-vs2500 MHz
L3 Cache Size-vs6 MB
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore 2 Duo E8290 2.83GHz is a middle-class Processor based on the 45nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.83GHz and 6MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.
Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor to implement the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the 8- and 12-core Socket G34 Opterons, code-named Magny-Cours.

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