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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium G3260 3.3GHz Opteron 6276
Cyberpunk 2077 82% 17%
Hitman 3 146% 11%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 146% 11%
Resident Evil 8 103% 8%
FIFA 21 71% 23%
Grand Theft Auto VI 200% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 77% 20%
Genshin Impact 38% 37%
The Medium 213% 42%
Far Cry 6 188% 30%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Opteron 6276 is massively better than the Intel Pentium G3260 3.3GHz 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 Pentium G3260 3.3GHz was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 6276, and so the Pentium G3260 3.3GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 6276 when running the latest games.

The Opteron 6276 has 14 more cores than the Pentium G3260 3.3GHz. With 16 cores, the Opteron 6276 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 Pentium G3260 3.3GHz and Opteron 6276 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 Pentium G3260 3.3GHz has a 1 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 Opteron 6276 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 Opteron 6276 has a 488 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium G3260 3.3GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 Pentium G3260 3.3GHz has a 62 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 6276, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium G3260 3.3GHz 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).

The Pentium G3260 3.3GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Opteron 6276, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Haswell), click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellInterlagos
MoBo SocketSocket 1150 / H3 / LGA1150Socket G34
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Mar 201514 Nov 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs16
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed3.3 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
System Bus -vs6400 MHz
Max TDP53 Wvs115 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Max Temperature72°Cvs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs48 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs16
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1000 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs16
L2 Cache Speed-vs2300 MHz
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs16384 MB
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics Desktop (Haswell)
Base GPU Frequency650 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1250 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review- All models support: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST), Intel 64, XD bit (an NX bit implementation), Intel VT-x, Smart Cache. - G32xx support up to DDR3-1333 memory while - G34xx support up to DDR3-1600. - G3258 (Pentium anniversary edition) has unlocked multiplier. - Haswell Pentiums support QuickSync. - Transistors: 1.4 billion - Die size: 177mm˛Opteron Hexadeca Core 6274 is a 16-Core Server CPU part of the Opteron 6200 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012.
Each Core is clocked at 2.2 and features one thread, making a total of 16.
Obviously not designed for gaming, due to its tremendous price, it will deliver great performance for those crazy enough to use for extreme gaming performance.

Vendor-Specific Features

Intel Quick Sync VideoAMD Power Management
Intel InTru 3DAMD Business Class
Intel InsiderAMD Black Edition
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options