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Front view of Intel Itanium 9550

Reasons to consider the
Intel Itanium 9550

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Much more l3 cache 32 MB vs 3 MB Around 10.8x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
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
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l3 cache per core 8 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core More than 5.2x more l3 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

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Intel Core i5 3230M

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Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 138.13W 4.9x lower typical power consumption
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 40.95 $/year 4.9x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 148.92 $/year 4.9x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 2 months later

Features Key features of the Itanium 9550  vs Core i5 3230M 

clock speed

Itanium 9550
2.4 GHz
Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Itanium 9550  vs
Core i5 3230M 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1248
rPGA 988B

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 170W 35W
Annual home energy cost 40.95 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 148.92 $/year 30.66 $/year
Typical power consumption 138.13W 28.44W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Itanium 9550  vs
Core i5 3230M 
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 32 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 8 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 8 1

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Supports ECC Yes No
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