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Front view of AMD Opteron 6242

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 6242

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Much more l2 cache 12 MB vs 6 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 1 3 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
More l3 cache 16 MB vs 8 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 12 vs 6 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
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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Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 93.44W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 27.7 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 100.74 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Opteron 6242  vs FX 6300 

clock speed

Opteron 6242
2.8 GHz
FX 6300
3.5 GHz

L2 cache

Opteron 6242
12 MB
FX 6300
6 MB

L3 cache

Opteron 6242
16 MB
FX 6300
8 MB

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 6242  vs
FX 6300 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Duodeca core Hexa core
Socket type
G34
AM3+

features

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

details

Opteron 6242  vs
FX 6300 
Threads 12 6
L2 cache 12 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 16 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.33 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 4 1

power consumption

TDP 115W 95W
Annual home energy cost 27.7 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 100.74 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 93.44W 77.19W

bus

Clock speed 3,200 MHz 2,600 MHz
AMD Opteron 6242
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AMD FX 6300
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