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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor X3430 Xeon E5-2628L v3
Cyberpunk 2077 55% 22%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 109% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 50% 24%
Watch Dogs Legion 109% 5%
FIFA 21 45% 27%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 76% 12%
Godfall 200% 51%
Grand Theft Auto VI 155% 28%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 141% 21%
Genshin Impact 18% 41%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2628L v3 is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor X3430 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 was released less than a year after the Xeon Processor X3430, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Xeon E5-2628L v3 has 6 more cores than the Xeon Processor X3430. 10 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Xeon Processor X3430 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Xeon E5-2628L v3, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Xeon E5-2628L v3 has 16 more threads than the Xeon Processor X3430. The Xeon Processor X3430 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Xeon E5-2628L v3 uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads 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 X3430 and Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 X3430 has a 0.4 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3.

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 E5-2628L v3 has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon Processor X3430, 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 Xeon E5-2628L v3 has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor X3430, and was created with a 23 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Xeon E5-2628L v3 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 CodenameLynnfieldHaswell-EP
MoBo SocketLGA 1366/Socket BLGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date08 Sep 200901 Sep 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs10
CPU Threads4vs20
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.8 GHzvs-
Max TDP95 Wvs75 W
Lithography45 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature73°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size256 KBvs640 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2560 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs25 MB
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Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewXeon Processor X5430 is a Server Processor based on the 45nm, Nehalem Architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.4GHz, which may go up to 2.8GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Hyper Threading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT Integrate any Graphics and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Xeon E5-2628L v3 is an upcoming server processor based on the 22nm, Haxwell microarchitecture.