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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-4610

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5-4610

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Much 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
Much higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 9.87 pt/W vs 2.14 pt/W More than 4.5x better performance per watt
More threads 12 vs 6 Twice as many threads
Much more l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2.5x more l3 cache per core
Newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 2 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 4171 HE

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AMD Opteron 4171 HE

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 2 MB 50% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 40.63W vs 77.19W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Significantly more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 50% more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 43.8 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 12.04 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-4610 vs Opteron 4171 HE

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-4610
1,530,000 MB/s
Opteron 4171 HE
79,700 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-4610  vs
Opteron 4171 HE 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Hexa core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 2011
C32

features

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

bus

Architecture QPI HyperTransport 3.0
Clock speed 3,600 MHz 3,200 MHz

details

Xeon E5-4610  vs
Opteron 4171 HE 
Threads 12 6
L2 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 4 2

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 50W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 12.04 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 43.8 $/year
Performance per watt 9.87 pt/W 2.14 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 40.63W
Intel Xeon E5-4610
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