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Front view of AMD Opteron 170

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 170

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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
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 65 °C vs 55 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 4800+

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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
Higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 2 GHz 25% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 89.38W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 26.5 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 96.36 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.4 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 70% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly better PassMark (Single core) score 749 vs 620 More than 20% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer May, 2006 vs Aug, 2005 Release date 9 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Opteron 170 vs Athlon X2 4800+

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 170  vs
Athlon X2 4800+ 
Clock speed 2 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
939
AM2

features

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

details

Opteron 170  vs
Athlon X2 4800+ 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature 0 - 65°C Unknown - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.91 GHz 2.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2 GHz 3.4 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,282.6 1,457.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.91 GHz 2.75 GHz

power consumption

TDP 110W 65W
Annual home energy cost 26.5 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 96.36 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 0.52 pt/W 0.8 pt/W
Typical power consumption 89.38W 52.81W
AMD Opteron 170
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