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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Opteron 2216 X2 Phenom II X4 905e
Cyberpunk 2077 233% 95%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 348% 163%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 222% 89%
Watch Dogs Legion 348% 163%
FIFA 21 211% 82%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 277% 121%
Godfall 543% 277%
Grand Theft Auto VI 447% 221%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 417% 203%
Genshin Impact 152% 48%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom II X4 905e is massively better than the AMD Opteron 2216 X2 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 Phenom II X4 was released less than a year after the Opteron 2216 X2, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Phenom II X4 has 2 more cores than the Opteron 2216 X2. With 4 cores, the Phenom II X4 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 Opteron 2216 X2 and Phenom II X4 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 Phenom II X4 has a 0.1 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 2216 X2 and the Phenom II X4 have the same L2 cache size, but the Opteron 2216 X2 does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Phenom II X4 definitely 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 Phenom II X4 has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Opteron 2216 X2, and was created with a 45 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Phenom II X4 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 CodenameSanta RosaDeneb
MoBo SocketSocket FSocket AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Aug 200602 Jun 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.5 GHz
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Max TDP95 Wvs65 W
Lithography90 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs64 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
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L3 Cache Size-vs6 MB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFor Socket F and Socket AM2 Opterons, each chip has a four-digit model number, in the form Opteron XZYY. For all Opterons, the first digit (the X) specifies the number of CPUs on the target machine:
1 - Designed for uniprocessor systems
2 - Designed for dual-processor systems
8 - Designed for systems with 4 or 8 processors
For Socket F and Socket AM2 Opterons, the second digit (the Z) represents the processor generation. Presently, only 2 (dual-core), DDR2, 3 (quad-core) and 4 (six-core) are used.
For all Opterons, the last two digits in the model number (the YY) indicate the clock frequency of a CPU, a higher number indicating a higher clock frequency. This speed indication is comparable to processors of the same generation if they have the same amount of cores, single-cores and dual-cores have different indications despite sometimes having the same clock frequency.
The suffix HE or EE indicates a high-efficiency/energy-efficiency model having a lower TDP than a standard Opteron. The suffix SE indicates a top-of-the-line model having a higher TDP than a standard Opteron.
Phenom II X4 905e is an energy efficient processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.5GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.