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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon X2 6500 Opteron 1352
Cyberpunk 2077 263% 266%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 388% 393%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 251% 255%
FIFA 21 239% 242%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 311% 315%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 464% 469%
Watch Dogs Legion 388% 393%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 311% 315%
Grand Theft Auto VI 496% 502%
Genshin Impact 174% 177%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon X2 6500 is marginally better than the AMD Opteron 1352 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 X2 6500 was released less than a year after the Opteron 1352, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Opteron 1352 has 2 more cores than the Athlon X2 6500. With 4 cores, the Opteron 1352 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 Athlon X2 6500 and Opteron 1352 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 X2 6500 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 Opteron 1352 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Athlon X2 6500, but on the other hand, it is the Athlon X2 6500 that has a 2046 MB bigger L3 cache than the Opteron 1352. The L3 size of the Opteron 1352 is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Athlon X2 6500.

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 Athlon X2 6500 has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 1352 (though they were created with the same size 65 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Athlon X2 6500 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 CodenameKumaBudapest
MoBo SocketSocket FM2Socket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 200801 Apr 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads2vs-
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Max TDP95 Wvs115 W
Lithography65 nmvs65 nm
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Max Temperature73°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size256 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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L3 Cache Size2048 MBvs2 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAthlon X2 6500 is a middle-class processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.3GHz and 2MB 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.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.
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.