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Dedicated Processor Difference

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We offer several different CPU options with our Dedicated servers and have created this article to provide a more comprehensive comparison chart of their specifications to help you choose among them.

CPU Comparison Chart

(sorted by Release Date)

CPU Model # of Cores # of Threads Base Freq Turbo Freq L3 Cache Date Released Manufacturer’s Link
Intel Xeon 5150 2 n/a 2.66GHz n/a 4MB 2006-Q2 Link
Intel Xeon X5355 4 n/a 2.66GHz n/a 8MB 2006-Q4 Link
Intel Xeon E5205 2 n/a 1.86GHz n/a 6MB 2007-Q4 Link
Intel Xeon L5420 4 n/a 2.5GHz n/a 12MB 2008-Q1 Link
Intel Xeon E5645 6 12 2.4GHz 2.67GHz 12MB 2010-Q1 Link
Intel Xeon L5630 6 12 2.13GHz 2.4GHz 12MB 2010-Q1 Link
Intel Xeon L5640 6 12 2.26GHz 2.8GHz 12MB 2010-Q1 Link
AMD Opteron 6238 12 n/a 2.6GHz 3.2GHz 16MB 2011-Q4 Link
AMD Opteron 6272 16 n/a 2.1GHz 3GHz 16MB 2011-Q4 Link
AMD Opteron 6276 16 n/a 2.3GHz 3.2GHz 16MB 2011-Q4 Link
Intel i7-3930K 6 12 3.2GHz 3.8GHz 12MB 2011-Q4 Link
Intel Xeon E3-1240 V2 4 8 3.4GHz 3.8GHz 8MB 2012-Q2 Link
Intel Xeon E3-1270 V2 4 8 3.5GHz 3.9GHz 8MB 2012-Q2 Link
Intel Xeon E3-1270 V3 4 8 3.5GHz 3.9GHz 8MB 2013-Q2 Link
Intel Xeon E5-1620 V2 4 8 3.7GHz 3.9GHz 10MB 2013-Q3 Link
Intel Xeon E5-2620 V2 6 12 2.1GHz 2.6GHz 15MB 2013-Q3 Link
Intel Xeon E5-2670 V2 10 20 2.5GHz 3.3GHz 25MB 2013-Q3 Link
Intel Xeon E3-1271 V3 4 8 3.6GHz 4GHz 8MB 2014-Q2 Link
Intel Xeon E5-2620 V3 6 12 2.4GHz 3.2GHz 15MB 2014-Q3 Link
Intel Xeon E3-1270 V6 4 8 3.8GHz 4.2GHz 8MB 2017-Q1 Link

Some of our highest tier Dedicated servers are dual socket and have 2 of the same CPUs installed; these servers are great for very computationally intensive tasks.  On our Dedicated Servers page, the available dual processor/socket servers are listed with a “2x” or “Dual(2)” in front of the CPU model’s name, for example “Dual(2) E5-2670 v2”. For clarity these dual systems are not shown above, however the total number of cores and threads would obviously be double the value listed in the table.

AES-NI extensions, to speed up encryption calculations, are available on all CPUs released in 2010 or later.


Cores and Threads:

Most of our CPUs include Hyper-threading technology which can divide a physical processor (core) into 2 logical ones (threads). This can help improve performance by allowing a single core to process two separate tasks at the same time. Having more cores allows your server to do more things at once. 

L3 Cache:

An L3 cache is a small amount of very fast memory stored on the CPU chip itself. This cache is used by the CPU to store instructions that are being processed by multiple cores to provide quicker lookups for the processor. As this cache is much faster than RAM it can help reduce bottlenecks and improve processing performance.

Base Frequency vs Turbo:

The Base Frequency is the normal clock speed the CPU will operate at, however when conditions are right the CPU will automatically scale up to the faster Turbo clock speed. These conditions are determined by the number of threads or processes, as well as the type of workload the CPU being asked to do. Servers used to host games usually benefit from having a faster clock speed versus having more cores.