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Game Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz Opteron 290
Cyberpunk 2077 18% 418%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 59% 598%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 14% 402%
Watch Dogs Legion 59% 598%
FIFA 21 10% 385%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 34% 487%
Godfall 128% 901%
Grand Theft Auto VI 94% 752%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 84% 706%
Genshin Impact 11% 293%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz is massively better than the AMD Opteron 290 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 i7-880 Quad was released over three years more recently than the Opteron 290, and so the Core i7-880 Quad is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Opteron 290 when running the latest games.

The Core i7-880 Quad has 2 more cores than the Opteron 290. With 4 cores, the Core i7-880 Quad is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 i7-880 Quad and Opteron 290 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 Opteron 290 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-880 Quad, and although the Opteron 290 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 Core i7-880 Quad and the Opteron 290 have the same TDP of 95 Watts, but the Core i7-880 Quad has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameLynnfieldItaly
MoBo SocketLGA 1156/Socket HSocket 940
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 May 201006 Mar 2006
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads8vs-
Clock Speed3.06 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.73 GHzvs-
Max TDP95 Wvs95 W
Lithography45 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature73°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore 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.
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.