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Front view of AMD Opteron 156

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 156

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Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Lower typical power consumption 84.5W vs 89.38W More than 5% lower typical power consumption
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.14 GHz vs 2.89 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer May, 2006 vs Jan, 2006 Release date 3 months later
Lower annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year vs 96.36 $/year More than 5% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 25.05 $/year vs 26.5 $/year More than 5% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 FX 60

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AMD Athlon 64 FX 60

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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 cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once

Features Key features of the Opteron 156  vs Athlon 64 FX 60 

clock speed

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Opteron 156
3.14 GHz
Athlon 64 FX 60
2.89 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Opteron 156
3 GHz
Athlon 64 FX 60
3.05 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 156  vs
Athlon 64 FX 60 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Single core Dual core
Socket type
939

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!

details

Opteron 156  vs
Athlon 64 FX 60 
Threads 1 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature 0 - 65°C Unknown - 65°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.14 GHz 2.89 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 3.05 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.14 GHz 2.89 GHz

power consumption

TDP 104W 110W
Annual home energy cost 25.05 $/year 26.5 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 96.36 $/year
Typical power consumption 84.5W 89.38W
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