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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon 5050

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon 5050

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x 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
Much lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 114.2W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 41.8 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 111.78 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i7 2600K

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Intel Core i7 2600K

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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 3.4 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.05 GHz vs 3.38 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.76 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 67 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature

Features Key features of the Xeon 5050  vs Core i7 2600K 

clock speed

Xeon 5050
3 GHz
Core i7 2600K
3.4 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon 5050
3.38 GHz
Core i7 2600K
5.05 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon 5050
3 GHz
Core i7 2600K
4.76 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon 5050  vs
Core i7 2600K 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad 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
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 95W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 41.8 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 111.78 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 114.2W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1

details

Xeon 5050  vs
Core i7 2600K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 376,000,000 995,000,000
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 18 34
Voltage range 1.07 - 1.35V 0.85 - 1.45V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.38 GHz 5.05 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 4.76 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.38 GHz 5.05 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Latest DirectX N/A 10.x
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,350 MHz
3DMark06 N/A 5,275
Intel Xeon 5050
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