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Front view of Intel Xeon E5504

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5504

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Significantly more l3 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Lower typical power consumption 65W vs 77.19W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
More l3 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.43 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Mar, 2009 vs Aug, 2006 Release date over 2 years later
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
Front view of AMD Opteron 8218

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AMD Opteron 8218

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Much higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
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
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 2 6 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.91 GHz vs 2.82 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Features Key features of the Xeon E5504  vs Opteron 8218 

clock speed

Xeon E5504
2 GHz
Opteron 8218
2.6 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon E5504
2.82 GHz
Opteron 8218
2.91 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon E5504
3.43 GHz
Opteron 8218
2.6 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5504  vs
Opteron 8218 
Clock speed 2 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1366
F

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 80W 95W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 65W 77.19W

details

Xeon E5504  vs
Opteron 8218 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 2 8
Operating temperature Unknown - 76°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.82 GHz 2.91 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.43 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.82 GHz 2.91 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
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