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Front view of Intel Xeon E7-8870 v2

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Much more l3 cache 30 MB vs 12 MB 2.5x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache 3.5 MB vs 1 MB 3.5x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More threads 30 vs 4 26 more threads
More cores 15 vs 2 13 more cores; run more applications at once
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 2 6 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Newer Feb, 2014 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 3 years later
Front view of Intel Xeon 5600 X5698

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Much higher clock speed 4.4 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 90% higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 6 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 3x more l3 cache per core
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.23 MB/core Around 2.2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Xeon E7-8870 v2  vs 5600 X5698 

clock speed

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E7-8870 v2  vs
5600 X5698 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 4.4 GHz
Cores Pentadeca core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 2011
LGA 1366

features

Has a NX bit 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

details

Xeon E7-8870 v2  vs
5600 X5698 
Threads 30 4
L2 cache 3.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.23 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 30 MB 12 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 6 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 8 2

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
Typical power consumption 105.63W 105.63W

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 3 2
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