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Front view of Intel Xeon E5620

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Intel Xeon E5620

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Much lower typical power consumption 65W vs 112.55W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
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
Much more l3 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Much lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 41.29 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Supports more RAM 294,912 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 9x more RAM
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 110.03 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Higher Maximum operating temperature 77.6 °C vs 72.6 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better performance per watt 7.59 pt/W vs 6.79 pt/W More than 10% better performance per watt
Front view of Intel Core i5 2500K

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 2.66 GHz Around 40% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 4.1 pt/$ vs 2.18 pt/$ Around 90% better performance per dollar
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,863 vs 1,059 More than 75% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.98 GHz vs 3.75 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark score 6,383 vs 4,873 More than 30% better PassMark score
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Mar, 2010 Release date 9 months later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.88 GHz vs 4.33 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5620 vs Core i5 2500K

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5620
14,086

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5620
1,280,000 MB/s
Core i5 2500K
2,530,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5620
8,737
Core i5 2500K
10,319

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5620
11,417
Core i5 2500K
11,186

GeekBench

Xeon E5620
11,417
Core i5 2500K
13,624

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5620  vs
Core i5 2500K 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.66 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1366
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 80W 95W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 41.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 110.03 $/year
Performance per watt 7.59 pt/W 6.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 65W 112.55W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 294,912 MB 32,768 MB

details

Xeon E5620  vs
Core i5 2500K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 3 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 18 33
Voltage range 0.75 - 1.35V 1.2 - 1.5V
Operating temperature Unknown - 77.6°C 5 - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 12 3,179
Overclocked clock speed 3.75 GHz 4.98 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.33 GHz 4.88 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.75 GHz 4.98 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Latest DirectX N/A 10.1
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz
3DMark06 N/A 5,275

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 2 1
Transfer rate 5,860 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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