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Intel Core i7 3520M

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Front view of Intel Core i7 3520M

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 3520M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3520M

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 77.19W 2.7x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 14.13 pt/W vs 5.13 pt/W More than 2.8x better performance per watt
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 67 °C More than 55% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,783 vs 876 More than 2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 5 years later
Better PassMark score 4,518 vs 1,464 More than 3x better PassMark score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.31 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 2.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Opteron 290

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AMD Opteron 290

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Much better CompuBench 1.5 video composition score 113.5 fps vs 8.17 fps Around 14x better CompuBench 1.5 video composition score
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
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 3520M vs Opteron 290

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 3520M
8.17 fps
Opteron 290
113.5 fps

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 3520M  vs
Opteron 290 
Clock speed 2.9 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual 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 3520M  vs
Opteron 290 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 29 14
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C 0 - 67°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.31 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.31 GHz 2.8 GHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 95W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 14.13 pt/W 5.13 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 77.19W
Intel Core i7 3520M
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