CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 990X vs 5700HQ among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 5700HQ 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 5700HQ  based on its single-core performance and power consumption.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 990X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 990X

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Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 7,042 vs 68.2 More than 103.2x better 3DMark06 CPU score
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly 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
Significantly higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
More l3 cache 12 MB vs 6 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Higher turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.58 GHz vs 3.63 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
Better performance per dollar 0.78 pt/$ vs 0.53 pt/$ Around 50% better performance per dollar
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per watt 6.36 pt/W vs 4.24 pt/W Around 50% better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.47 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly better PassMark score 9,389 vs 8,375 More than 10% better PassMark score
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Core i7 5700HQ

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Intel Core i7 5700HQ

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 38.19W vs 105.63W 2.8x lower typical power consumption
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,004 vs 1,509 Around 35% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Apr, 2015 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 4 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 2.8x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 2.8x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 990X vs 5700HQ

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 990X
1,750,000 MB/s
Core i7 5700HQ
173.1 MB/s

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 990X  vs
5700HQ 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 2.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 47W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 11.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 41.17 $/year
Performance per watt 6.36 pt/W 4.24 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 38.19W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 990X  vs
5700HQ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 8
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.58 GHz 3.63 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.47 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.58 GHz 3.63 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 5600
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 300 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 24,576 MB 32,768 MB
Intel Core i7 990X
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