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Front view of Intel Xeon L5530

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon L5530

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Much higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 70% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 1 7 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 70% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 70% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Aug, 2009 vs Feb, 2004 Release date over 5 years later
Front view of AMD Opteron 240 EE

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AMD Opteron 240 EE

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Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 24.38W vs 48.75W 2x lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 26.28 $/year vs 52.56 $/year 2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 7.23 $/year vs 14.45 $/year 2x lower annual home energy cost

Features Key features of the Xeon L5530  vs Opteron 240 EE 

clock speed

Xeon L5530
2.4 GHz
Opteron 240 EE
1.4 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon L5530
2.4 GHz
Opteron 240 EE
1.4 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon L5530
2.4 GHz
Opteron 240 EE
1.4 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon L5530  vs
Opteron 240 EE 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1366
940

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3

details

Xeon L5530  vs
Opteron 240 EE 
Threads 8 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 2 2
Voltage range 0.75 - 1.35V 1.1 - UnknownV

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz 1.4 GHz

power consumption

TDP 60W 30W
Annual home energy cost 14.45 $/year 7.23 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 52.56 $/year 26.28 $/year
Typical power consumption 48.75W 24.38W
Intel Xeon L5530
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AMD Opteron 240 EE
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