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Front view of AMD Opteron 6180 SE

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AMD Opteron 6180 SE

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 1 3 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
More cores 12 vs 6 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More l3 cache 12 MB vs 8 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 12 vs 6 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD FX 6300

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AMD FX 6300

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Much higher turbo clock speed 4.1 GHz vs 0 GHz Compared to all cpus, 4.1 GHz turbo clock speed is just OK
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2.5 GHz 40% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 113.75W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.75 GHz vs 2.84 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.82 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 95% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
More l3 cache per core 1.33 MB/core vs 1 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 62.5 °C vs 55 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 33.73 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 122.64 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Opteron 6180 SE  vs FX 6300 

clock speed

Opteron 6180 SE
2.5 GHz
FX 6300
3.5 GHz

turbo clock speed

FX 6300
4.1 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Opteron 6180 SE
2.84 GHz
FX 6300
4.75 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Opteron 6180 SE
2.5 GHz
FX 6300
4.82 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 6180 SE  vs
FX 6300 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 0 GHz 4.1 GHz
Cores Duodeca core Hexa core
Socket type
G34
AM3+
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM

power consumption

TDP 140W 95W
Annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 113.75W 77.19W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3

details

Opteron 6180 SE  vs
FX 6300 
Threads 12 6
L2 cache 6 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 4 1
Clock multiplier 12 20
Voltage range 1.2 - UnknownV 0.8 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 55°C Unknown - 62.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.84 GHz 4.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 4.82 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.84 GHz 4.75 GHz

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

bus

Clock speed 3,200 MHz 2,600 MHz
AMD Opteron 6180 SE
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