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Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor X3430 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 55% 125%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 109% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 50% 118%
FIFA 21 45% 111%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 76% 155%
Watch Dogs Legion 109% 203%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 141% 250%
Grand Theft Auto VI 155% 270%
Genshin Impact 18% 71%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 76% 155%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor X3430 is massively 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 Xeon Processor X3430 was released over a year more recently than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and so the Xeon Processor X3430 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor X3430 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 X3430 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 X3430 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 X3430 has a 0.1 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. 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 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon Processor X3430, but on the other hand, it is the Xeon Processor X3430 that has a 6 MB bigger L3 cache than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core. The L3 size of the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Xeon Processor X3430.

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 X3430 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 X3430 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 CodenameLynnfieldAgena
MoBo SocketLGA 1366/Socket BSocket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date08 Sep 200927 Mar 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.8 GHzvs-
Max TDP95 Wvs125 W
Lithography45 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature73°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs2 MB
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Memory Channels-vs2
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.
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.