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Front view of Intel Core i7 2630QM

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 2630QM

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 68.82W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Higher clock speed 2 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 71 °C More than 40% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Aug, 2003 Release date over 7 years later
More threads 8 vs 1 7 more threads
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.64 GHz vs 2.17 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 20.4 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 74.2 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 244

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AMD Opteron 244

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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 2630QM  vs Opteron 244 

clock speed

Opteron 244
1.8 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i7 2630QM
2.64 GHz
Opteron 244
2.17 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Opteron 244
1.8 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2630QM  vs
Opteron 244 
Clock speed 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
940

features

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

details

Core i7 2630QM  vs
Opteron 244 
Threads 8 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 20 9
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C 0 - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.64 GHz 2.17 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,380.4 839.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.64 GHz 2.17 GHz

power consumption

TDP 45W 84.7W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 20.4 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 74.2 $/year
Typical power consumption 36.56W 68.82W
Intel Core i7 2630QM
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