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Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3

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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 1 7 more threads
Front view of AMD Opteron 250

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AMD Opteron 250

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Much lower typical power consumption 2.44W vs 65W 26.7x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 2.63 $/year vs 70.08 $/year 26.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 0.72 $/year vs 19.27 $/year 26.7x lower annual home energy cost
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration

Features Key features of the Xeon E3-1230 v3  vs Opteron 250 

clock speed

Xeon E3-1230 v3
3.3 GHz
Opteron 250
2.4 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E3-1230 v3  vs
Opteron 250 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Xeon E3-1230 v3  vs
Opteron 250 
Threads 8 1
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 2

power consumption

TDP 80W 3W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 0.72 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 2.63 $/year
Typical power consumption 65W 2.44W
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
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AMD Opteron 250
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