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Front view of Intel Itanium 9150N

Reasons to consider the
Intel Itanium 9150N

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 1 3 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 650

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AMD Athlon II X4 650

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 1.6 GHz 2x higher clock speed
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 May, 2011 vs Oct, 2007 Release date over 3 years later
Lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 84.5W Around 10% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 25.05 $/year Around 10% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 91.1 $/year Around 10% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Itanium 9150N  vs Athlon II X4 650 

clock speed

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Itanium 9150N  vs
Athlon II X4 650 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core

features

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

bus

Clock speed 533 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Itanium 9150N  vs
Athlon II X4 650 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 4 1

power consumption

TDP 104W 95W
Annual home energy cost 25.05 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 84.5W 77.19W
Intel Itanium 9150N
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