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Front view of Intel Xeon 5020

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon 5020

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

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Intel Core i5 3230M

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 77.19W 2.7x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 2.7x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Xeon 5020  vs Core i5 3230M 

clock speed

Xeon 5020
2.5 GHz
Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz

L2 cache

Xeon 5020
4 MB
Core i5 3230M
0.5 MB

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon 5020  vs
Core i5 3230M 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 771
rPGA 988B

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Xeon 5020  vs
Core i5 3230M 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 4 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 1

power consumption

TDP 95W 35W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 30.66 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 28.44W
Intel Xeon 5020
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