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Front view of Intel Xeon X3430

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Intel Xeon X3430

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More l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.12 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.51 GHz vs 3.29 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 85.31W Around 10% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 10% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 10% lower annual home energy cost
Newer Sep, 2009 vs Jan, 2009 Release date 7 months later
Front view of AMD Opteron 8386 SE

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AMD Opteron 8386 SE

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Much higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Xeon X3430  vs Opteron 8386 SE 

clock speed

Xeon X3430
2.4 GHz
Opteron 8386 SE
2.8 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon X3430
3.51 GHz
Opteron 8386 SE
3.29 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon X3430
4.12 GHz
Opteron 8386 SE
2.8 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X3430  vs
Opteron 8386 SE 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1156
F

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 105W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 25.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 91.98 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 85.31W

details

Xeon X3430  vs
Opteron 8386 SE 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 8
Clock multiplier 18 14
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 1.32 - UnknownV

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.51 GHz 3.29 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.12 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.51 GHz 3.29 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 X3430
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