Date: March 10th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Intel
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES (From Intel)
Basic Processor Specs
Die Size: 248 square millimeters
Transistor Count: 1.17 Billion
Thermal Output: 130Watts
L1 D-Cache: 32kBytes x 6
L1 I-Cache: 32kBytes x 6
L2 Cache: 256kBytes x 6
L3 Cache: 12Mbytes x 1
Instruction Set Suporrt: SSE1-4, SSE4.1, 4.2, 64bit, VT-x, AES
Provides six complete execution cores in a single processor package, delivering 12 computing threads to help operating systems and applications deliver additional performance, so users can experience better multitasking and multi-threaded performance across many types of applications and workloads.
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Delivers two processing threads per physical core for a total of 12 threads for massive computational throughput, allowing highly threaded applications to get more work done faster.
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Dynamically increases the processor's frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits. Get more performance automatically, when you need it the most.
Intel Smart Cache
This large last-level cache enables dynamic and efficient allocation of shared cache to all six cores to match the needs of various applications for ultra-efficient data storage and manipulation.
Intel QuickPath Interconnect
Intel's latest system interconnect design increases bandwidth and lowers latency, while achieving data transfer speeds as high as 25.6 GB/s.
Integrated Memory Controller
An integrated memory controller with three channels of DDR3 1066 MHz offers memory performance up to 25.6 GB/s. Combined with the processor's efficient prefetching algorithms, this memory controller's lower latency and higher memory bandwidth delivers amazing performance for data-intensive applications.
Intel HD Boost
Includes the full SSE4 instruction set, significantly improving a broad range of multimedia and compute-intensive applications. The 128-bit SSE instructions are issued at a throughput rate of one per clock cycle, allowing a new level of processing efficiency with SSE4-optimized applications.
AES-NI Encryption/Decryption Acceleration
Provides 12 new processor instructions that help to improve performance for AES encryption and decryption algorithms.