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Front view of Intel Xeon L5530

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon L5530

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 48.75W vs 77.19W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Slightly more l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Supports more RAM 147,456 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 4.5x more RAM
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 14.45 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 52.56 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 2.66 GHz Around 40% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 2.86 pt/$ vs 0.22 pt/$ Around 13x better performance per dollar
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,857 vs 1,018 More than 80% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better performance per watt 9.04 pt/W vs 2.86 pt/W Around 3.2x better performance per watt
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark score 6,257 vs 4,351 Around 45% better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Aug, 2009 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon L5530 vs Core i5 2500

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5530
11,832
Core i5 2500
8,816

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5530
2,962
Core i5 2500
2,796

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5530
189.1 MB/s
Core i5 2500
2,410,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon L5530
4,351
Core i5 2500
6,257

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon L5530
1,018
Core i5 2500
1,857

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon L5530  vs
Core i5 2500 
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 No 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

power consumption

TDP 60W 95W
Annual home energy cost 14.45 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 52.56 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 2.86 pt/W 9.04 pt/W
Typical power consumption 48.75W 77.19W

bus

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

details

Xeon L5530  vs
Core i5 2500 
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 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 4.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz 3.7 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

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 147,456 MB 32,768 MB
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