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Front view of Intel Itanium 9150N

Reasons to consider the
Intel Itanium 9150N

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Much more l3 cache per core 12 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core 8x more l3 cache per core
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l3 cache 24 MB vs 3 MB 8x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
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 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 76 °C vs 69.1 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of Intel Core i3 2120

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Intel Core i3 2120

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2x higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 84.5W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Oct, 2007 Release date over 3 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 25.05 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 91.1 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Itanium 9150N  vs Core i3 2120 

clock speed

Itanium 9150N
1.6 GHz
Core i3 2120
3.3 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Itanium 9150N  vs
Core i3 2120 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

features

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

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

details

Itanium 9150N  vs
Core i3 2120 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 24 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 12 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 4 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 76°C Unknown - 69.1°C

power consumption

TDP 104W 65W
Annual home energy cost 25.05 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 56.94 $/year
Typical power consumption 84.5W 52.81W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
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