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Intel Core i5 2500

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly more l3 cache 15 MB vs 6 MB 2.5x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
More threads 12 vs 4 Three times as many threads
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core More than 65% more l3 cache per core
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Supports more RAM 393,216 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 12x more RAM
Better PassMark score 8,570 vs 6,257 More than 35% better PassMark score
Newer May, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 1.9 GHz Around 75% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 55% higher turbo clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per dollar 2.86 pt/$ vs 1.26 pt/$ More than 2.2x better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz vs 2.36 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,857 vs 1,355 More than 35% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better performance per watt 9.04 pt/W vs 5.47 pt/W More than 65% better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz vs 1.9 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2420 vs Core i5 2500

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2420
10,344
Core i5 2500
8,816

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2420
985,150 MB/s
Core i5 2500
2,410,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

Xeon E5-2420
9,662
Core i5 2500
11,542

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-2420  vs
Core i5 2500 
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes 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 95W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 5.47 pt/W 9.04 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 77.19W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 7,200 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5-2420  vs
Core i5 2500 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 4
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1

overclocking

Overclock popularity 0 57
Overclocked clock speed 2.36 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.9 GHz 4.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.36 GHz 3.7 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 32,768 MB
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