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Front view of Intel Core i7 2600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 2600

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Front view of AMD Second Generation Opteron 22-1

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AMD Second Generation Opteron 22-1

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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
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration

Features Key features of the Core i7 2600  vs Second Generation Opteron 22-1 

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2600  vs
Second Generation Opteron 22-1 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
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features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i7 2600  vs
Second Generation Opteron 22-1 
Threads 8 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 2

power consumption

Typical power consumption 114.5W N/A
Intel Core i7 2600
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AMD Second Generation Opteron 22-1
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