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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon X4 730 Opteron 2381 HE
Cyberpunk 2077 116% 163%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 191% 254%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 109% 155%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 145% 198%
FIFA 21 102% 146%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 132% 183%
Genshin Impact 64% 99%
Grand Theft Auto VI 255% 332%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 236% 309%
Watch Dogs Legion 191% 254%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon X4 730 is noticeably better than the AMD Opteron 2381 HE 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 Athlon X4 730 was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 2381 HE, and so the Athlon X4 730 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 2381 HE when running the latest games.

The Athlon X4 730 and the Opteron 2381 HE both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

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 Athlon X4 730 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 Athlon X4 730 has a 0.3 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 Athlon X4 730 has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 2381 HE, and although the Athlon X4 730 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 Athlon X4 730. However, the Athlon X4 730 was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Athlon X4 730 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameTrinityShanghai
MoBo SocketSocket FM2Socket F
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Oct 201222 Apr 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.2 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs2000 MHz
Max TDP65 Wvs55 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range-vs1.325V KB
Max Temperature-vs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size192 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs4
L2 Cache Size4096 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 ReviewAthlon X4 730 is a performance processor based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 3.2GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated.

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

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
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

AMD Power ManagementAMD Power Management
AMDBusiness ClassAMD Business Class
AMD Black EditionAMD Black Edition