Ok I would like to have a few things cleared up, and im sure some of the others would as well. Basically this is a comparison of Intels desktop CPU, server CPU, and bigger server? CPU.
Now I'm comparing Intels but the same goes for AMD.
What is the difference between a desktop CPU, a server CPU, and w/e the hell the Itanium is for?
*The highest end desktop CPUs are the conroes clocking in at 2.8Ghz Dual core with a shared L2 cache of 4MB and a FSB of 1066Mhz. $1000
**The highest end server CPU is the Xeon 5080 clocking in at 3.7Ghz Dual core with 2 X 2MB of L2 cache and a FSB of 1066Mhz. $876
***The highest end Itanium that will be coming out (w/e it is for) is the Itanium 9050 clocking in at 1.6Ghz Dual core with a whoping 24MB of L3 cache and a FSB of 533Mhz. $3700
Now I believe the Xeon is the older architecture that the Pentium Ds were based on, which is why its clock speed is so much faster than the conroe, even tho the conroe would out perform it (I believe..)
Why use the Xeon or the Itanium when the Conroe is faster (I believe) and has the same amount of cores? And the Itanium looks like a pretty bad CPU from the specs and cost almost 4 grand?! What is L3 cache exactly and how is it different than L2?
Thanks for any info you can provide, as this has always confused me!!!