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Front view of AMD Opteron 1212

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 1212

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 0.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Front view of AMD Athlon 3500+

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AMD Athlon 3500+

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Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 83.69W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Higher clock speed 2.2 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 24.81 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 90.23 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Feb, 2007 vs Aug, 2006 Release date 6 months later

Features Key features of the Opteron 1212  vs Athlon 3500+ 

clock speed

Opteron 1212
2 GHz
Athlon 3500+
2.2 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 1212  vs
Athlon 3500+ 
Clock speed 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 103W 45W
Annual home energy cost 24.81 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 90.23 $/year 39.42 $/year
Typical power consumption 83.69W 36.56W

details

Opteron 1212  vs
Athlon 3500+ 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 1 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature 0 - 55°C Unknown - 55°C

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A
AMD Opteron 1212
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AMD Athlon 3500+
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