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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium 987

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 987

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 125.94W 9.1x lower typical power consumption
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 37.34 $/year 9.1x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year vs 135.78 $/year 9.1x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jul, 2012 vs Feb, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Front view of Intel Itanium 9330

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Intel Itanium 9330

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l3 cache 20 MB vs 2 MB 10x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l3 cache per core 5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 5x more l3 cache per core
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once

Features Key features of the Pentium 987  vs Itanium 9330 

clock speed

Pentium 987
1.5 GHz
Itanium 9330
1.46 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 987  vs
Itanium 9330 
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.46 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
BGA 1023
LGA 1248

features

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

power consumption

TDP 17W 155W
Annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year 37.34 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year 135.78 $/year
Typical power consumption 13.81W 125.94W

bus

Architecture DMI QPI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 4,800 MT/s

details

Pentium 987  vs
Itanium 9330 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 8
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 20 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 8

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz N/A
Intel Pentium 987
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