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Game Xeon Processor X3360 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 118% 125%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 194% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 112% 118%
FIFA 21 104% 111%
Watch Dogs Legion 194% 203%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 147% 155%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 240% 250%
Grand Theft Auto VI 259% 270%
Godfall 322% 335%
Genshin Impact 65% 71%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor X3360 is marginally better than the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition 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 less than a year after the Xeon Processor X3360, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor X3360 and the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Xeon Processor X3360 and the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 Xeon Processor X3360 and Phenom 9600 Quad-Core 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 X3360 has a 0.533 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 .

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 X3360 has a 10096 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and although the Xeon Processor X3360 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 X3360 has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and was created with a 20 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon Processor X3360 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 CodenameYorkfieldAgena
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jan 200827 Mar 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.833 GHzvs2.3 GHz
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Max TDP95 Wvs125 W
Lithography45 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size256 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size12144 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs2 MB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Xeon is a brand of x86 microprocessors designed and manufactured by Intel Corporation, targeted at the non-consumer workstation, server, and embedded system markets. Primary advantages of the Xeon CPUs, when compared to the majority of Intel's desktop-grade consumer CPUs, are their multi-socket capabilities, higher core counts, and support for ECC memory.Phenom 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.