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Game Ryzen 7 2700E 8-Core 2.8GHz Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 43% 18%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 23% 59%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 45% 14%
FIFA 21 47% 10%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 35% 34%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 11% 84%
Watch Dogs Legion 23% 59%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 35% 34%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6% 94%
Genshin Impact 57% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700E 8-Core 2.8GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz 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 Ryzen 7 2700E was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-880 Quad, and so the Ryzen 7 2700E is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-880 Quad 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 Ryzen 7 2700E has 4 more cores than the Core i7-880 Quad. 8 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 Core i7-880 Quad is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Ryzen 7 2700E, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Ryzen 7 2700E has 8 more threads than the Core i7-880 Quad. Both the Ryzen 7 2700E and the Core i7-880 Quad use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 7 2700E has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-880 Quad has 2.

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 Ryzen 7 2700E and Core i7-880 Quad 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 Core i7-880 Quad has a 0.26 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 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 Ryzen 7 2700E has a 50 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-880 Quad, and was created with a 33 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 7 2700E 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 CodenameZen+Lynnfield
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date12 Sep 201830 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs4
CPU Threads16vs8
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs3.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs3.73 GHz
Max TDP45 Wvs95 W
Lithography12 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs73°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L3 Cache Size16 MBvs8 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 7 2700E 8-Core 2.8GHz is a high-end, energy efficient CPU based on AMD's 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 16MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. It has 3MB of L2 cache, 512KB per core. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. As an 'E' series processor, it has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 45W. This makes it far more energy efficient than competing processors. Among its many features, Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. This CPU is likely to offer excellent computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC.Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 45nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.06GHz, which may go up to 3.73GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.