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Front view of Intel Core i7 3630QM

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Intel Core i7 3630QM

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 77.19W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 70.5 °C Around 50% higher Maximum operating temperature
More threads 8 vs 6 2 more threads
Much lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 2.1x lower annual commercial energy cost
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1.33 MB/core Around 15% more l3 cache per core
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Nov, 2011 Release date 10 months later
Front view of AMD Opteron 4238

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AMD Opteron 4238

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.4 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
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
Slightly more l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Core i7 3630QM  vs Opteron 4238 

clock speed

Core i7 3630QM
2.4 GHz
Opteron 4238
3.3 GHz

turbo clock speed

Core i7 3630QM
3.4 GHz
Opteron 4238
3.7 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i7 3630QM
3.16 GHz
Opteron 4238
3.3 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i7 3630QM
2.4 GHz
Opteron 4238
3.3 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 3630QM  vs
Opteron 4238 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
C32
Is unlocked No No

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

power consumption

TDP 45W 95W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 36.56W 77.19W

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.0
Number of links 1 2
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 6,400 MT/s

details

Core i7 3630QM  vs
Opteron 4238 
Threads 8 6
L2 cache 1 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 24 18
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.16 GHz 3.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.16 GHz 3.3 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3
Intel Core i7 3630QM
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