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Front view of Intel Core i7 4770K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4770K

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2 GHz 75% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 11.31 pt/W vs 0.29 pt/W Around 39x better performance per watt
Much better PassMark score 10,016 vs 632 More than 15.8x better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz vs 2.31 GHz Around 95% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jun, 2013 vs Aug, 2003 Release date over 9 years later
More threads 8 vs 1 7 more threads
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.55 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly lower typical power consumption 68.25W vs 72.31W More than 5% lower typical power consumption
Slightly lower annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year vs 21.44 $/year More than 5% lower annual home energy cost
Slightly lower annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year vs 77.96 $/year More than 5% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Opteron 246

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AMD Opteron 246

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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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4770K vs Opteron 246

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4770K  vs
Opteron 246 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i7 4770K  vs
Opteron 246 
Threads 8 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.72°C 0 - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.48 GHz 2.31 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.55 GHz 2 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 6,694.4 851.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz 2.31 GHz

power consumption

TDP 84W 89W
Annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 11.31 pt/W 0.29 pt/W
Typical power consumption 68.25W 72.31W
Intel Core i7 4770K
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