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Front view of Intel Xeon E7-8830

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E7-8830

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Supports more RAM 4,194,304 MB vs 65,996.8 MB Supports more than 63.5x more RAM
Significantly more l3 cache 24 MB vs 15 MB 60% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 85.31W vs 121.88W 30% lower typical power consumption
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More cores 8 vs 6 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 16 vs 12 4 more threads
More l3 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 2.5 MB/core 20% more l3 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year vs 36.13 $/year 30% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year vs 131.4 $/year 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i7 3970X

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Intel Core i7 3970X

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Much higher turbo clock speed 4 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 65% higher turbo clock speed
Much higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2.13 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Xeon E7-8830  vs Core i7 3970X 

clock speed

Xeon E7-8830
2.13 GHz
Core i7 3970X
3.5 GHz

turbo clock speed

Xeon E7-8830
2.4 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E7-8830  vs
Core i7 3970X 
Clock speed 2.13 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.4 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Octa core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1567
LGA 2011

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
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 105W 150W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 36.13 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 131.4 $/year
Typical power consumption 85.31W 121.88W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E7-8830  vs
Core i7 3970X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 16 12
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 24 MB 15 MB
L3 cache per core 3 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 8 1
Clock multiplier 16 35
Operating temperature Unknown - 64°C Unknown - 66.8°C

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
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 4,194,304 MB 65,996.8 MB
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