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Front view of Intel Xeon E7310

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E7310

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 32 vs 1 31 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 65W vs 124.5W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 46.25 $/year 2.4x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 120.89 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Phenom II X2 550

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AMD Phenom II X2 550

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Much higher clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 95% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.81 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 2.5x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Nov, 2009 vs Sep, 2007 Release date over 2 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.12 GHz vs 1.6 GHz 95% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 66 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Features Key features of the Xeon E7310  vs Phenom II X2 550 

clock speed

Xeon E7310
1.6 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon E7310
1.6 GHz
Phenom II X2 550
3.81 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon E7310
1.6 GHz
Phenom II X2 550
3.12 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E7310  vs
Phenom II X2 550 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
604
AM3

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 80W 80W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 46.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 120.89 $/year
Typical power consumption 65W 124.5W

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Xeon E7310  vs
Phenom II X2 550 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 32 1
Voltage range 1 - 1.5V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 66°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.6 GHz 3.81 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.6 GHz 3.12 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.6 GHz 3.81 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
Intel Xeon E7310
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