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Front view of Intel Xeon E7-8860

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Intel Xeon E7-8860

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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 65,536 MB Supports 64x more RAM
More l3 cache 24 MB vs 20 MB 20% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More cores 10 vs 8 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 20 vs 16 4 more threads
Lower typical power consumption 105.63W vs 113.75W More than 5% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 33.73 $/year More than 5% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year vs 122.64 $/year More than 5% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

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Significantly higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.26 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2.67 GHz More than 30% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 2.51 GHz Around 80% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jul, 2014 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 3 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 2.27 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Xeon E7-8860  vs Core i7 5960X 

clock speed

Xeon E7-8860
2.26 GHz

turbo clock speed

Xeon E7-8860
2.67 GHz
Core i7 5960X
3.5 GHz

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon E7-8860
2.51 GHz
Core i7 5960X
4.47 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon E7-8860
2.27 GHz
Core i7 5960X
4.6 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E7-8860  vs
Core i7 5960X 
Clock speed 2.26 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.67 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Deca core Octa core

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
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 140W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 122.64 $/year
Typical power consumption 105.63W 113.75W

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 1 0
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 0 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 0 MHz

details

Xeon E7-8860  vs
Core i7 5960X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 20 16
L3 cache 24 MB 20 MB
L3 cache per core 2.4 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 8 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.51 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.27 GHz 4.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.51 GHz 4.47 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
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 6,400 MB/s
Maximum memory size 4,194,304 MB 65,536 MB
Intel Xeon E7-8860
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