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Game APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz Xeon Processor E5607
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 147%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 89% 232%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 36% 139%
Grand Theft Auto VI 131% 305%
FIFA 21 31% 131%
Genshin Impact 6% 87%
Far Cry 6 122% 289%
Hitman 3 89% 232%
Watch Dogs Legion 89% 232%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 118% 283%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor E5607 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 Xeon Processor E5607, 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 Xeon Processor E5607 when running the latest games.

The APU A12-9800E 4-Core and the Xeon Processor E5607 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

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 Processor E5607 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 0.83 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 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon Processor E5607, 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 Processor E5607, and was created with a 4 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A12-9800E 4-Core 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 CodenameBristol RidgeWestmere-EP
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1366/Socket B
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Sep 201613 Feb 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs-
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Max TDP35 Wvs80 W
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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.Intel Xeon E5607 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon Series continuously released by Intel.
It's based on the Nehalem architecture and the memory controller supports DDR3-800 and DDR3-1066.
The performance though good, falls behind most Intel i5, i7 and since Intel Xeon E5607 wasn't built for gaming purposes it comes at a considerably high price.