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Front view of Intel Xeon L5630

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon L5630

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Much lower typical power consumption 32.5W vs 114.5W 3.5x lower typical power consumption
More l3 cache 12 MB vs 8 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Significantly more l3 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 9.64 $/year vs 41.87 $/year 4.3x 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 35.04 $/year vs 112.13 $/year 3.2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i7 2600

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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.13 GHz Around 60% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 60% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 2.72 pt/$ vs 0.14 pt/$ More than 19.5x 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 1,921 vs 943 More than 2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better performance per watt 6.48 pt/W vs 1.92 pt/W More than 3.2x better performance per watt
Better PassMark score 8,219 vs 4,420 More than 85% better PassMark score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 63.1 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz vs 3.66 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Mar, 2010 Release date 9 months later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz vs 3.48 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon L5630 vs Core i7 2600

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5630
953.5
Core i7 2600
10,986

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5630
968.5
Core i7 2600
2,876

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon L5630
51.5 MB/s
Core i7 2600
2,470,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon L5630
4,420
Core i7 2600
8,219

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon L5630  vs
Core i7 2600 
Clock speed 2.13 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1366
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes 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 40W 95W
Annual home energy cost 9.64 $/year 41.87 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 35.04 $/year 112.13 $/year
Performance per watt 1.92 pt/W 6.48 pt/W
Typical power consumption 32.5W 114.5W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 2 1
Data rate 46,928 MB/s 8 MB/s
Transfer rate 5,860 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon L5630  vs
Core i7 2600 
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 12 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 3 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 16 34
Voltage range 0.75 - 1.35V 1.22 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 63.1°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.66 GHz 3.93 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz 3.92 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.66 GHz 3.93 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Latest DirectX N/A 10.x
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,350 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 294,912 MB 32,768 MB
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