CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E3-1290 vs 3770 among all CPUs


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


Are you paying a premium for performance?

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


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Intel Core i7 3770 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 3770  based on its performance, single-core performance, power consumption and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1290

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Intel Xeon E3-1290

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Higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 3.4 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Front view of Intel Core i7 3770

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Much better performance per dollar 2.33 pt/$ vs 0.33 pt/$ More than 7x better performance per dollar
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Lower typical power consumption 62.56W vs 77.19W Around 20% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better performance per watt 7.25 pt/W vs 3.05 pt/W Around 2.5x better performance per watt
Higher Maximum operating temperature 67.4 °C vs 56.7 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Apr, 2012 vs May, 2011 Release date 11 months later
Lower annual home energy cost 18.55 $/year vs 22.89 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 67.45 $/year vs 83.22 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E3-1290 vs Core i7 3770

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xeon E3-1290  vs
Core i7 3770 
Clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4 GHz 3.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 77W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 18.55 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 67.45 $/year
Performance per watt 3.05 pt/W 7.25 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 62.56W


Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s


Xeon E3-1290  vs
Core i7 3770 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 36 34
Operating temperature Unknown - 56.7°C Unknown - 67.4°C

integrated graphics

Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Latest DirectX N/A 11.x
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,150 MHz
3DMark06 N/A 5,339.9

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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