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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-4610

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Much higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache 15 MB vs 10 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much 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
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Much better performance per watt 9.87 pt/W vs 1.47 pt/W Around 6.8x better performance per watt
More threads 12 vs 4 Three times as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz vs 1.91 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 2 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz vs 1.84 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2603

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Lower typical power consumption 65W vs 77.19W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-4610 vs E5-2603

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-4610
2,552
Xeon E5-2603
7,765.5

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-4610
2,122
Xeon E5-2603
1,465.5

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-4610
1,530,000 MB/s
Xeon E5-2603
1,210 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-4610  vs
E5-2603 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 2011

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 80W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 19.27 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 70.08 $/year
Performance per watt 9.87 pt/W 1.47 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 65W

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 2 2
Data rate 57,600 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Transfer rate 7,200 MT/s 6,400 MT/s
Clock speed 3,600 MHz 3,200 MHz

details

Xeon E5-4610  vs
E5-2603 
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 10 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 4 2
Voltage range 0.6 - 1.35V 0.6 - 1.35V

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.91 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 1.84 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz 1.91 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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 42,666.64 MB/s 34,133.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 393,216 MB
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