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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2

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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly lower typical power consumption 56.06W vs 77.19W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
More threads 8 vs 6 2 more threads
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 60.44 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 16.62 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Newer May, 2012 vs Jun, 2010 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD Opteron 4180

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AMD Opteron 4180

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration

Features Key features of the Xeon E3-1230 v2  vs Opteron 4180 

clock speed

Xeon E3-1230 v2
3.3 GHz
Opteron 4180
2.6 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon E3-1230 v2
3.67 GHz
Opteron 4180
2.6 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon E3-1230 v2
3.5 GHz
Opteron 4180
2.6 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E3-1230 v2  vs
Opteron 4180 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1155
C32

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES

power consumption

TDP 69W 95W
Annual home energy cost 16.62 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 60.44 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 56.06W 77.19W

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.0

details

Xeon E3-1230 v2  vs
Opteron 4180 
Threads 8 6
L2 cache 1 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 33 13
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.8°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.67 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz 2.6 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2
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