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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz Opteron 4164 EE
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 142%
Hitman 3 89% 226%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 89% 226%
Resident Evil 8 56% 169%
FIFA 21 31% 126%
Grand Theft Auto VI 131% 298%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 36% 135%
Genshin Impact 6% 83%
The Medium 141% 315%
Far Cry 6 122% 282%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 4164 EE 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 4164 EE, and so the APU A12-9800E 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 4164 EE when running the latest games.

The Opteron 4164 EE has 2 more cores than the APU A12-9800E 4-Core. 6 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes.

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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core and Opteron 4164 EE 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a 1.3 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 4164 EE 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 4164 EE, and although the APU A12-9800E 4-Core 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.

Both the APU A12-9800E 4-Core and the Opteron 4164 EE have the same TDP of 35 Watts, but the APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameBristol RidgeLisbon
MoBo SocketSocket AM4Socket C32
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Sep 201623 Jun 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs6
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs1.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs3200 MHz
Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography28 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range-vs0.9625 V KB
Max Temperature90°Cvs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
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L1 Cache Size320 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs6
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
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L2 Cache Speed-vs1800 MHz
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 28nm Excavator microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical) initially clocked at 3.1GHz, rising to 3.8GHz in boost mode. It has an unlocked multiplier and therefore can overclocked using traditional methods. It has 2MB of L2 Cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a low-end, power-efficient CPU. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. The APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz features integrated Radeon R7 3rd Gen GCN graphics with 512 Shaders and a maximum clock speed of 900MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that will struggle to run any modern game at 720p.Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor to implement the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the 8- and 12-core Socket G34 Opterons, code-named Magny-Cours.

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AMDBusiness ClassAMD Business Class
AMD Black EditionAMD Black Edition