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Front view of Intel Core i7 2600K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 2600K

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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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 90% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 1 MB 8x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.05 GHz vs 2.56 GHz More than 95% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l3 cache per core
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 55 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Aug, 2006 Release date over 4 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.76 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 2210 HE

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AMD Opteron 2210 HE

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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 lower typical power consumption 55.25W vs 114.2W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
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
Much lower annual home energy cost 16.38 $/year vs 41.8 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 59.57 $/year vs 111.78 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core i7 2600K  vs Opteron 2210 HE 

clock speed

Core i7 2600K
3.4 GHz
Opteron 2210 HE
1.8 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i7 2600K
5.05 GHz
Opteron 2210 HE
2.56 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i7 2600K
4.76 GHz
Opteron 2210 HE
1.8 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2600K  vs
Opteron 2210 HE 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
F
Is unlocked Yes No

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

power consumption

TDP 95W 68W
Annual home energy cost 41.8 $/year 16.38 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 111.78 $/year 59.57 $/year
Typical power consumption 114.2W 55.25W

details

Core i7 2600K  vs
Opteron 2210 HE 
Threads 8 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 34 9
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.45V 1.2 - UnknownV
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 5.05 GHz 2.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.76 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.05 GHz 2.56 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000 N/A
Latest DirectX 10.x N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 850 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz N/A
3DMark06 5,275 N/A
Intel Core i7 2600K
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