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Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 5960X

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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 0.8 GHz 3.8x higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More advanced architecture x86-64 vs x86 A 64-bit architecture allows more RAM to be installed and accessed by the processor
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
More cores 8 vs 1 7 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 16 vs 2 14 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 1.71 GHz More than 2.5x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jul, 2014 vs Apr, 2008 Release date over 6 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 0.8 GHz Around 5.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Atom Z500

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Intel Atom Z500

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Much lower typical power consumption 0.53W vs 113.75W 215.4x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 0.16 $/year vs 33.73 $/year 215.4x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 0.57 $/year vs 122.64 $/year 215.4x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core i7 5960X  vs Atom Z500 

clock speed

Atom Z500
0.8 GHz

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i7 5960X
4.47 GHz
Atom Z500
1.71 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i7 5960X
4.6 GHz
Atom Z500
0.8 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5960X  vs
Atom Z500 
Clock speed 3 GHz 0.8 GHz
Cores Octa core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 140W 0.65W
Annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year 0.16 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year 0.57 $/year
Typical power consumption 113.75W 0.53W

details

Core i7 5960X  vs
Atom Z500 
Architecture x86-64 x86
Threads 16 2
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 1.71 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 0.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 1.71 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

bus

Architecture QPI FSB
Number of links 0 1
Clock speed 0 MHz 400 MHz
Intel Core i7 5960X
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Clock rate isn't everything; the resulting performance is what matters.
it is an ultra low electicity processor using 215X less electricity
0.9 ghz processor in 2008? This is joke?
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