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Front view of Intel Xeon Phi 7120D

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Intel Xeon Phi 7120D

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More threads 244 vs 16 228 more threads
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

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Intel Core i7 5960X

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Much higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 1.33 GHz Around 2.8x higher turbo clock speed
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 1.24 GHz Around 2.5x higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 113.75W vs 219.38W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 1.24 GHz More than 3.5x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year vs 65.04 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year vs 236.52 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 1.24 GHz Around 3.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Jul, 2014 vs Jan, 2014 Release date 5 months later

Features Key features of the Xeon Phi 7120D  vs Core i7 5960X 

clock speed

Xeon Phi 7120D
1.24 GHz

turbo clock speed

Xeon Phi 7120D
1.33 GHz
Core i7 5960X
3.5 GHz

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon Phi 7120D
1.24 GHz
Core i7 5960X
4.47 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon Phi 7120D
1.24 GHz
Core i7 5960X
4.6 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon Phi 7120D  vs
Core i7 5960X 
Clock speed 1.24 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 1.33 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores 61 cores Octa core
Is unlocked No Yes

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
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 270W 140W
Annual home energy cost 65.04 $/year 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 236.52 $/year 122.64 $/year
Typical power consumption 219.38W 113.75W

details

Xeon Phi 7120D  vs
Core i7 5960X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 244 16
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 8 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.24 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.24 GHz 4.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.24 GHz 4.47 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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR
GDDR5
Channels Dual Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
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