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Why has server processors often lower clockrate than consumer cpu?

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July 20, 2010 11:44:37 AM


I have two questions:

Is it a correct observation that server line CPU's often has a lower clockrate than consumer CPU's in the same "family"?

If so, what is the reason for this? Is it for getting a longer lifecycle or lower heat in the system or other reasons?

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July 20, 2010 12:40:07 PM

Which server processors are you referring to? Server processors usually are available at the same speed as their desktop equivalent. As an example, there are no differences between the i7-980X and the X5680: http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=47932,47916,
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July 20, 2010 2:45:28 PM

server processors are usually similarly clocked to their desktop counterparts, but some server scenarios call for more cores, so you will find the more cores a part has the lower it is clocked to stay within a power cieling, since servers are susally not just built for brute force but also power efficiency
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July 22, 2010 7:22:02 AM

GhislainG said:
Which server processors are you referring to? Server processors usually are available at the same speed as their desktop equivalent.


I was not really referring to any special CPU. From observations I was under some impression that server CPU's often was of a lower clockrate, and my first question was if that was in fact true.
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July 22, 2010 7:34:30 AM

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Becoz server cpu are used more for mathematical calculation.which require more core than cpu speed.


You mean that it is common for such CPU's to have lower speed then?
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July 22, 2010 10:20:47 AM

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yes to keep temp down.

That's true when referring to low voltage processors only, e.g. Xeon L5640 where an equivalent to the i7-980X doesn't exist. The X5680 runs just as hot as the i7-980X.
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July 22, 2010 11:14:24 AM


If looking at a very common enterprise server, the HP ProLiant DL380 G6, it could be equipped with some different processor types.

Some of them as low as Intel Xeon E5520 at 2.26 Ghz or even E5504 at 2.0 Ghz.

Link: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF25a/15351-153...

Other much more expensive variant has X5570 at 2.93 Ghz.
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