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Front view of Intel Xeon 7040

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Intel Xeon 7040

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 32 vs 1 31 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i7 4960HQ

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Intel Core i7 4960HQ

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 38.19W vs 134.06W 3.5x lower typical power consumption
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2005 Release date over 8 years later
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 76 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much lower annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year vs 39.75 $/year 3.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year vs 144.54 $/year 3.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Features Key features of the Xeon 7040  vs Core i7 4960HQ 

clock speed

Xeon 7040
3 GHz
Core i7 4960HQ
2.6 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon 7040
3 GHz
Core i7 4960HQ
3.67 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon 7040
3 GHz
Core i7 4960HQ
2.6 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon 7040  vs
Core i7 4960HQ 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
604
BGA 1364
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 165W 47W
Annual home energy cost 39.75 $/year 11.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 144.54 $/year 41.17 $/year
Typical power consumption 134.06W 38.19W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1

details

Xeon 7040  vs
Core i7 4960HQ 
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 90 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 32 1
Clock multiplier 18 26
Operating temperature Unknown - 76°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3 GHz 3.67 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A HD 5200
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 200 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,300 MHz

memory controller

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