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Front view of Intel Xeon E7330

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E7330

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 32 vs 1 31 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l2 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 65W vs 77.19W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i5 2500

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 2.86 pt/$ vs 0.07 pt/$ Around 43x better performance per dollar
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 8,816 vs 2,639 More than 3.2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much better geekbench 3 single core score 2,796 vs 1,046 Around 2.8x better geekbench 3 single core score
Much better performance per watt 9.04 pt/W vs 1.21 pt/W Around 7.5x better performance per watt
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Sep, 2007 Release date over 3 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 66 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E7330 vs Core i5 2500

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E7330
2,639
Core i5 2500
8,816

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E7330
1,046
Core i5 2500
2,796

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E7330
80,400 MB/s
Core i5 2500
2,410,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E7330  vs
Core i5 2500 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
604
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No 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 80W 95W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.21 pt/W 9.04 pt/W
Typical power consumption 65W 77.19W

details

Xeon E7330  vs
Core i5 2500 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 32 1
Clock multiplier 9 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 66°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 4.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz 3.7 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
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