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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz Xeon E5-2603 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 143%
Hitman 3 89% 228%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 89% 228%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 36% 136%
FIFA 21 31% 128%
Grand Theft Auto VI 131% 300%
Far Cry 6 122% 284%
Genshin Impact 6% 84%
Battlefield 6 97% 241%
Resident Evil 8 56% 170%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon E5-2603 v2 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 a year more recently than the Xeon E5-2603 v2, and so the APU A12-9800E 4-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A12-9800E 4-Core and the Xeon E5-2603 v2 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz and the Intel Xeon E5-2603 v2 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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core and Xeon E5-2603 v2 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 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 1792 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2603 v2, 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.

The APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a 45 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-2603 v2. However, the Xeon E5-2603 v2 was created with a 6 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A12-9800E 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameBristol RidgeIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Sep 201610 Sep 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs1.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.8 GHzvs1.8 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs80 W
Lithography28 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs256 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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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.The Xeon E5-2603 v2 is a quad-core server processor in the Xeon E5 v2 family and, like all processors in the family, does not support integrated graphics. It is an upgraded version of the Xeon E5-2603.
The Xeon E5-2603 v2 has a clock speed of 1.8GHz with no turbo boost available. It is a low-mid range processor.