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Front view of Intel Xeon Phi 3120P

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon Phi 3120P

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Much more l2 cache 28.5 MB vs 1 MB 28.5x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More threads 228 vs 4 224 more threads
More cores 57 vs 2 55 more cores; run more applications at once
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Newer Apr, 2013 vs Jan, 2013 Release date 2 months later
Front view of Intel Core i3 3210

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Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 1.1 GHz Around 3x higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 243.75W 5.5x lower typical power consumption
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz vs 1.1 GHz Around 3x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 72.27 $/year 5.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 262.8 $/year 5.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz vs 1.1 GHz Around 3x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Xeon Phi 3120P  vs Core i3 3210 

clock speed

Xeon Phi 3120P
1.1 GHz
Core i3 3210
3.2 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon Phi 3120P
1.1 GHz
Core i3 3210
3.26 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon Phi 3120P
1.1 GHz
Core i3 3210
3.2 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon Phi 3120P  vs
Core i3 3210 
Clock speed 1.1 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores 57 cores Dual core
Socket type
PCI Express x16
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support No Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

power consumption

TDP 300W 55W
Annual home energy cost 72.27 $/year 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 262.8 $/year 48.18 $/year
Typical power consumption 243.75W 44.69W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1

details

Xeon Phi 3120P  vs
Core i3 3210 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 228 4
L2 cache 28.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 8 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.1 GHz 3.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.1 GHz 3.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.1 GHz 3.26 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
GDDR5
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum memory size 6,144 MB 32,768 MB
Intel Xeon Phi 3120P
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