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Front view of AMD Opteron 2379 HE

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 2379 HE

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Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 4.5x more l3 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
More cores 4 vs 3 1 more cores; run more applications at once
Lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A6 3500

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AMD A6 3500

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Significantly more l2 cache 3 MB vs 2 MB 50% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.34 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 70.9 °C vs 55 °C Around 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Aug, 2011 vs Apr, 2009 Release date over 2 years later

Features Key features of the Opteron 2379 HE  vs A6 3500 

clock speed

Opteron 2379 HE
2.4 GHz
A6 3500
2.1 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Opteron 2379 HE
2.4 GHz
A6 3500
3.34 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Opteron 2379 HE
2.4 GHz
A6 3500
2.1 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 2379 HE  vs
A6 3500 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Tri core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 65W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 56.94 $/year
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W

details

Opteron 2379 HE  vs
A6 3500 
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Voltage range 1.32 - UnknownV 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature 0 - 55°C Unknown - 70.9°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.34 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz 3.34 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 443 MHz
AMD Opteron 2379 HE
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