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Front view of Intel Xeon 7120N

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon 7120N

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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
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Core i7 3770

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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
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
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 4 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Lower typical power consumption 62.56W vs 77.19W Around 20% lower typical power consumption
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Aug, 2006 Release date over 5 years later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.03 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 35% 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
Higher Maximum operating temperature 67.4 °C vs 60 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.32 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual home energy cost 18.55 $/year vs 22.89 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 67.45 $/year vs 83.22 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Xeon 7120N  vs Core i7 3770 

clock speed

Xeon 7120N
3 GHz
Core i7 3770
3.4 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon 7120N
3 GHz
Core i7 3770
4.03 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon 7120N
3 GHz
Core i7 3770
4.32 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon 7120N  vs
Core i7 3770 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
604
LGA 1155

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
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 77W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 18.55 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 67.45 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 62.56W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1

details

Xeon 7120N  vs
Core i7 3770 
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
L3 cache 4 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 22 nm
Transistor count 1,328,000,000 1,300,000,000
Max CPUs 32 1
Clock multiplier 18 34
Operating temperature Unknown - 60°C Unknown - 67.4°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3 GHz 4.03 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 4.32 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3 GHz 4.03 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Latest DirectX N/A 11.x
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,150 MHz
3DMark06 N/A 5,339.9
Intel Xeon 7120N
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