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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-4617

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5-4617

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Much higher clock speed 2.9 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 80% higher clock speed
More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads
Newer May, 2012 vs Oct, 2007 Release date over 4 years later
Front view of Intel Itanium 9140N

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Much more l3 cache per core 9 MB/core vs 2.5 MB/core More than 3.5x more l3 cache per core
Significantly more l3 cache 18 MB vs 15 MB 20% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 3x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 84.5W vs 105.63W 20% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 25.05 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 20% lower annual home energy cost

Features Key features of the Xeon E5-4617  vs Itanium 9140N 

clock speed

Xeon E5-4617
2.9 GHz
Itanium 9140N
1.6 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-4617  vs
Itanium 9140N 
Clock speed 2.9 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Hexa core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 104W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 25.05 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 91.1 $/year
Typical power consumption 105.63W 84.5W

bus

Architecture QPI FSB
Number of links 2 1
Clock speed 3,600 MHz 533 MHz

details

Xeon E5-4617  vs
Itanium 9140N 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 6 4
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB 18 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 9 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 4 4

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 E5-4617
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