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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9400S

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400S

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 0.5 MB 12x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l2 cache per core
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 76.3 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.66 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.67 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.67 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
Lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core2 Quad Q9400S  vs Core i3 3220 

clock speed

Core i3 3220
3.3 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i3 3220
3.43 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i3 3220
3.46 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q9400S  vs
Core i3 3220 
Clock speed 2.66 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 55W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 48.18 $/year
Typical power consumption 52.81W 44.69W

details

Core2 Quad Q9400S  vs
Core i3 3220 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 6 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 8 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 76.3°C Unknown - 65.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.67 GHz 3.43 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.67 GHz 3.46 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.67 GHz 3.43 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,050 MHz

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
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