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Front view of Intel Xeon E5430

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5430

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Much more l2 cache 12 MB vs 6 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Lower typical power consumption 65W vs 77.19W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Slightly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,850 vs 5,402 Around 10% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.07 GHz vs 3.83 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9500

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Intel Core2 Quad Q9500

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Slightly higher clock speed 2.83 GHz vs 2.66 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Nov, 2007 Release date over 2 years later
Better performance per dollar 0.83 pt/$ vs 0.7 pt/$ Around 20% better performance per dollar
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.4 °C vs 67 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5430 vs Core2 Quad Q9500

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

Xeon E5430
113,450 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q9500
120,400 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

x264 HD 4.0

Xeon E5430
64.47 fps
Core2 Quad Q9500
48.15 fps

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5430  vs
Core2 Quad Q9500 
Clock speed 2.66 GHz 2.83 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 771
LGA 775

features

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

power consumption

TDP 80W 95W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.88 pt/W 1.6 pt/W
Typical power consumption 65W 77.19W

details

Xeon E5430  vs
Core2 Quad Q9500 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 12 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 820,000,000 456,000,000
Max CPUs 2 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.35V 0.85 - 1.36V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67°C Unknown - 71.4°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.39 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.07 GHz 3.83 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.39 GHz 3.4 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Clock speed 1,333 MHz 1,333 MHz
Intel Xeon E5430
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