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Front view of Intel Xeon 5600 X5698

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Intel Xeon 5600 X5698

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Significantly higher clock speed 4.4 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 6 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 3x more l3 cache per core
More l3 cache 12 MB vs 8 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Lower typical power consumption 105.63W vs 114.97W Around 10% lower typical power consumption
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 42.19 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i7 3770K

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Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better PassMark score 9,544 vs 4,272 Around 2.2x better PassMark score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly better performance per watt 4.55 pt/W vs 1.47 pt/W More than 3x better performance per watt
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,084 vs 1,857 More than 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.8 GHz vs 4.4 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon 5600 X5698 vs Core i7 3770K

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon 5600 X5698  vs
Core i7 3770K 
Clock speed 4.4 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1366
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 2 1

details

Xeon 5600 X5698  vs
Core i7 3770K 
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 6 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.66 GHz 4.69 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.4 GHz 4.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.66 GHz 4.69 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W 77W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 42.19 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 112.39 $/year
Performance per watt 1.47 pt/W 4.55 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 114.97W
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