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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-4650

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Much more l3 cache 20 MB vs 15 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 16 vs 6 10 more threads
Front view of Intel Xeon E5-4617

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.9 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.3 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Xeon E5-4650  vs E5-4617 

clock speed

Xeon E5-4650
2.7 GHz
Xeon E5-4617
2.9 GHz

turbo clock speed

Xeon E5-4650
3.3 GHz
Xeon E5-4617
3.4 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon E5-4650
2.94 GHz
Xeon E5-4617
2.9 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon E5-4650
2.7 GHz
Xeon E5-4617
2.9 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-4650  vs
E5-4617 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.9 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Octa core Hexa 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 130W 130W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 2.52 pt/W 3.2 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 105.63W

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 2 2
Data rate 64,000 MB/s 57,600 MB/s
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 7,200 MT/s
Clock speed 4,000 MHz 3,600 MHz

details

Xeon E5-4650  vs
E5-4617 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 16 6
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 20 MB 15 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 4 4
Voltage range 0.6 - 1.35V 0.6 - 1.35V

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.94 GHz 2.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.7 GHz 2.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.94 GHz 2.9 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
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 51,200 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 393,216 MB
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