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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition Opteron 2212 X2
Cyberpunk 2077 125% 319%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 203% 464%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 118% 306%
FIFA 21 111% 292%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 155% 374%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 250% 551%
Watch Dogs Legion 203% 464%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 155% 374%
Grand Theft Auto VI 270% 588%
Genshin Impact 71% 217%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition is massively better than the AMD Opteron 2212 X2 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 Opteron 2212 X2, 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 Opteron 2212 X2. 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 Opteron 2212 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 9600 Quad-Core 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core and the Opteron 2212 X2 have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 2212 X2 does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core definitely 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 2212 X2 has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core. However, the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core was created with a 25 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameAgenaSanta Rosa
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+Socket F
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Mar 200815 Aug 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs2 GHz
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Max TDP125 Wvs95 W
Lithography65 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature70°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size512 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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L3 Cache Size2 MBvs-
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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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.
For Socket F and Socket AM2 Opterons, each chip has a four-digit model number, in the form Opteron XZYY. For all Opterons, the first digit (the X) specifies the number of CPUs on the target machine:
1 - Designed for uniprocessor systems
2 - Designed for dual-processor systems
8 - Designed for systems with 4 or 8 processors
For Socket F and Socket AM2 Opterons, the second digit (the Z) represents the processor generation. Presently, only 2 (dual-core), DDR2, 3 (quad-core) and 4 (six-core) are used.
For all Opterons, the last two digits in the model number (the YY) indicate the clock frequency of a CPU, a higher number indicating a higher clock frequency. This speed indication is comparable to processors of the same generation if they have the same amount of cores, single-cores and dual-cores have different indications despite sometimes having the same clock frequency.
The suffix HE or EE indicates a high-efficiency/energy-efficiency model having a lower TDP than a standard Opteron. The suffix SE indicates a top-of-the-line model having a higher TDP than a standard Opteron.