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Front view of Intel Core i3 3240

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3240

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Higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 113.75W 2.5x lower typical power consumption
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 33.73 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 122.64 $/year 2.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Opteron 6286 SE

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AMD Opteron 6286 SE

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Much more l2 cache 16 MB vs 1 MB 16x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly more l3 cache 16 MB vs 3 MB More than 5.2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 16 vs 2 14 more cores; run more applications at once
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 1 3 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
More threads 16 vs 4 12 more threads
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Core i3 3240  vs Opteron 6286 SE 

clock speed

Core i3 3240
3.4 GHz
Opteron 6286 SE
2.8 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3240  vs
Opteron 6286 SE 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core 16 core
Socket type
LGA 1155
G34

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES

details

Core i3 3240  vs
Opteron 6286 SE 
Threads 4 16
L2 cache 1 MB 16 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 16 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 4

power consumption

TDP 55W 140W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 122.64 $/year
Typical power consumption 44.69W 113.75W

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 6,400 MT/s
Intel Core i3 3240
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AMD Opteron 6286 SE
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