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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz Opteron 4170 HE
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 211%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 4% 151%
Hyper Scape 4% 151%
Call of Duty Warzone 11% 115%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 28% 211%
Valorant 39% 49%
Grand Theft Auto VI 74% 321%
Doom Eternal 42% 245%
Death Stranding 12% 171%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 61% 291%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 4170 HE 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 Core i5-8500T 6-Core was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 4170 HE, and so the Core i5-8500T 6-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 4170 HE when running the latest games.

The Core i5-8500T 6-Core and the Opteron 4170 HE both have 6 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 Core i5-8500T 6-Core and Opteron 4170 HE 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 i5-8500T 6-Core and the Opteron 4170 HE both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. 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 Core i5-8500T 6-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Opteron 4170 HE, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 Core i5-8500T 6-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 4170 HE, and was created with a 31 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-8500T 6-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).

The Core i5-8500T 6-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Opteron 4170 HE, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel UHD Graphics 630, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake SLisbon
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket C32
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Apr 201823 Jun 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads6vs-
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.5 GHzvs-
System Bus -vs3200 MHz
Max TDP35 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Voltage Range-vs1.1875 V KB
Max Temperature100°Cvs55°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs128 KB
L1 Cache Count-vs6
L2 Cache Size1536 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Count-vs6
L2 Cache Speed-vs2100 MHz
L3 Cache Size9 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size149 mm˛vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Core i5-8500T 6-Core 2.1GHz is a low to mid-range power-efficient CPU based on Intel's 8th Gen 14nm Coffee Lake S microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (6 logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz across all six cores, rising to a maximum of 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 enabled. The i5-8500T does not have an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 9MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. The Core i3-8500T has support for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a very power efficient processor. Among its many features are Intel Enhanced Speedstep, Turbo Boost 2.0, Virtualization, SSE3, AVX2 and SSE 4.2. This CPU is likely to offer average computational performance and could become a bottleneck in some of the most CPU-intensive AAA games from 2018 onward.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.

Vendor-Specific Features

Intel Quick Sync VideoAMD Power Management
Intel InTru 3DAMD Business Class
Intel InsiderAMD Black Edition
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options