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Front view of Intel Xeon 5050

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon 5050

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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 i3 2120

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Intel Core i3 2120

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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
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.37 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Xeon 5050  vs Core i3 2120 

clock speed

Xeon 5050
3 GHz
Core i3 2120
3.3 GHz

L2 cache

Xeon 5050
4 MB
Core i3 2120
0.5 MB

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon 5050
3.38 GHz
Core i3 2120
3.42 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon 5050
3 GHz
Core i3 2120
3.37 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon 5050  vs
Core i3 2120 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 771
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 56.94 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Xeon 5050  vs
Core i3 2120 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
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 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 18 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 67°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.38 GHz 3.42 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 3.37 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.38 GHz 3.42 GHz

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

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
Intel Xeon 5050
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