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Front view of Intel Itanium 9050

Reasons to consider the
Intel Itanium 9050

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Much more l2 cache 24 MB vs 8 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 12 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 6x more l2 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 1 3 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Higher Maximum operating temperature 76 °C vs 62.2 °C More than 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 50% higher clock speed
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Newer Jan, 2007 vs Jul, 2006 Release date 5 months later

Features Key features of the Itanium 9050  vs Core2 Quad Q6600 

clock speed

Itanium 9050
1.6 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Itanium 9050  vs
Core2 Quad Q6600 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit No Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

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

details

Itanium 9050  vs
Core2 Quad Q6600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 24 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 12 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 65 nm
Transistor count 1,720,000,000 582,000,000
Max CPUs 4 1
Clock multiplier 12 9
Voltage range 1.09 - 1.25V 0.85 - 1.5V
Operating temperature Unknown - 76°C Unknown - 62.2°C

power consumption

TDP 104W 105W
Annual home energy cost 25.05 $/year 25.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 91.98 $/year
Typical power consumption 84.5W 85.31W

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Clock speed 533 MHz 1,066 MHz
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