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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition Xeon Processor 5160
Cyberpunk 2077 125% 337%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 203% 488%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 118% 323%
Watch Dogs Legion 203% 488%
FIFA 21 111% 309%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 155% 395%
Godfall 335% 744%
Grand Theft Auto VI 270% 618%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 250% 579%
Genshin Impact 71% 231%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor 5160 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Xeon Processor 5160, and so the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Xeon Processor 5160. With 4 cores, the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core and Xeon Processor 5160 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 Xeon Processor 5160 has a 0.7 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core 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 Processor 5160 has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and although the Xeon Processor 5160 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 Xeon Processor 5160 has a 60 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core (though they were created with the same size 65 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Xeon Processor 5160 will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameAgenaWoodcrest
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+LGA 771/Socket J
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Mar 200826 Jun 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
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Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs3 GHz
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Max TDP125 Wvs65 W
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Max Temperature70°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs4096 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition is a performance processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.3GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the processor has unlocked multiplier, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
Intel Xeon Processor 5160 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon Series continuously released by Intel.
It's based on the Woodcrest architecture and can have a TDP of up to 65W.
The performance is below average, considering today's standards and comes at a high price.