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Front view of Intel Xeon E7-2860

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Intel Xeon E7-2860

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Much more l3 cache 24 MB vs 10 MB Around 2.5x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More threads 20 vs 4 16 more threads
Supports more RAM 1,048,576 MB vs 393,216 MB Supports around 2.8x more RAM
More cores 10 vs 4 6 more cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.75 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l2 cache per core 0.3 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 20% more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2609

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Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.26 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 65W vs 105.63W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 113.88 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 31.32 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.56 GHz vs 2.27 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Mar, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date 11 months later

Features Key features of the Xeon E7-2860  vs E5-2609 

clock speed

Xeon E7-2860
2.26 GHz
Xeon E5-2609
2.4 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon E7-2860
3.75 GHz
Xeon E5-2609
2.4 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon E7-2860
2.27 GHz
Xeon E5-2609
2.56 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E7-2860  vs
E5-2609 
Clock speed 2.26 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Deca core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1567
LGA 2011

features

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

power consumption

TDP 130W 80W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 19.27 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 70.08 $/year
Typical power consumption 105.63W 65W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 34,133.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 1,048,576 MB 393,216 MB

details

Xeon E7-2860  vs
E5-2609 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 20 4
L2 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.3 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 24 MB 10 MB
L3 cache per core 2.4 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 2
Clock multiplier 17 24
Operating temperature Unknown - 69°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.75 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.27 GHz 2.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.75 GHz 2.4 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

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 1 2
Data rate 25,600 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 6,400 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 3,200 MHz
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