CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of L5430 vs 960 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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon L5430

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon L5430

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Much more l2 cache 12 MB vs 1 MB 12x 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 0.25 MB/core 12x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 40.63W vs 105.63W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much lower annual home energy cost 12.04 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 43.8 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 2.6x lower annual commercial energy cost
Better performance per watt 2.68 pt/W vs 1.61 pt/W More than 65% better performance per watt
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Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.66 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 0.69 pt/$ vs 0.22 pt/$ More than 3x better performance per dollar
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.35 GHz vs 3.44 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better PassMark score 5,871 vs 3,819 Around 55% better PassMark score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 67.9 °C vs 57 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,388 vs 1,146 More than 20% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Oct, 2009 vs Sep, 2008 Release date over 1 years later
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.28 GHz vs 4.1 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon L5430 vs Core i7 960

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5430
9,584
Core i7 960
8,542

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5430
1,384
Core i7 960
2,139

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5430
112.9 MB/s
Core i7 960
142,700 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon L5430
3,819
Core i7 960
5,871

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon L5430
1,146
Core i7 960
1,388

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon L5430  vs
Core i7 960 
Clock speed 2.66 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 771
LGA 1366

features

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

power consumption

TDP 50W 130W
Annual home energy cost 12.04 $/year 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 43.8 $/year 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 2.68 pt/W 1.61 pt/W
Typical power consumption 40.63W 105.63W

bus

Architecture FSB QPI
Number of links 1 1
Clock speed 1,333 MHz 2,400 MHz

details

Xeon L5430  vs
Core i7 960 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 12 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 820,000,000 731,000,000
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 8 24
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.35V 0.8 - 1.38V
Operating temperature Unknown - 57°C Unknown - 67.9°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.44 GHz 4.35 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.1 GHz 4.28 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,201.9 3,920.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.44 GHz 4.35 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
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