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Front view of AMD Opteron 242

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 242

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Much lower typical power consumption 0.81W vs 52.81W 65x lower typical power consumption
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much lower annual home energy cost 0.24 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 65x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 0.88 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 65x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 240

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AMD Athlon II X2 240

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 75% higher clock speed
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 242  vs Athlon II X2 240 

clock speed

Opteron 242
1.6 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 242  vs
Athlon II X2 240 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Single core Dual core
Socket type
940
AM3

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
AES

details

Opteron 242  vs
Athlon II X2 240 
Threads 1 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 130 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1

power consumption

TDP 1W 65W
Annual home energy cost 0.24 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 0.88 $/year 56.94 $/year
Typical power consumption 0.81W 52.81W
AMD Opteron 242
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AMD Athlon II X2 240
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