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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Xeon Processor E5607 Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 147% 147%
Hitman 3 232% 232%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 232% 232%
The Medium 323% 324%
Resident Evil 8 174% 174%
FIFA 21 131% 131%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 139% 139%
Grand Theft Auto VI 305% 306%
Genshin Impact 87% 87%
Far Cry 6 289% 290%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon Processor E5607 is marginally better than the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 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 Xeon Processor E5607 was released over a year more recently than the Core 2 Duo, and so the Xeon Processor E5607 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Xeon Processor E5607 has 2 more cores than the Core 2 Duo. With 4 cores, the Xeon Processor E5607 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 Xeon Processor E5607 and Core 2 Duo 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 2 Duo has a 0.89 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 Xeon Processor E5607 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 Core 2 Duo has a 5120 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon Processor E5607, and although the Core 2 Duo 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 Core 2 Duo has a 15 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon Processor E5607. However, the Xeon Processor E5607 was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon Processor E5607 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameWestmere-EPWolfdale
MoBo SocketLGA 1366/Socket BLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date13 Feb 201110 Aug 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads-vs2
Clock Speed2.27 GHzvs3.16 GHz
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System Bus -vs1333 MHz
Max TDP80 Wvs65 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs6144 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel 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.
Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz is a middle-class Processor based on the 45nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 3.16GHz and 6MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

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

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.