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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon W3550

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon W3550

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Higher clock speed 3.06 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Lower typical power consumption 105.63W vs 114.5W Around 10% lower typical power consumption
Better PassMark score 5,730 vs 3,903 More than 45% better PassMark score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,357 vs 1,196 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 39.42 $/year More than 20% lower annual home energy cost
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Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.13 GHz vs 3.65 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.49 GHz vs 3.07 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.7 °C vs 67.9 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better performance per dollar 0.74 pt/$ vs 0.67 pt/$ More than 10% better performance per dollar
Newer Jul, 2010 vs Aug, 2009 Release date 10 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon W3550 vs Core i5 760

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3550
8,228
Core i5 760
6,297

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3550
2,134
Core i5 760
2,089

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3550
140,900 MB/s
Core i5 760
132,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3550
8,181
Core i5 760
5,838

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3550
10,739
Core i5 760
6,551

GeekBench

Xeon W3550
10,739
Core i5 760
7,997

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon W3550
5,730
Core i5 760
3,903

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon W3550
1,357
Core i5 760
1,196

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon W3550  vs
Core i5 760 
Clock speed 3.06 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.33 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1366
LGA 1156

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

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 QPI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 4,800 MT/s 2,500 MT/s

details

Xeon W3550  vs
Core i5 760 
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 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 731,000,000 774,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 23 21
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.38V 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 1 131
Overclocked clock speed 3.65 GHz 4.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz 4.49 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.65 GHz 4.13 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W 95W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 39.42 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 115.63 $/year
Performance per watt 1.57 pt/W 1.3 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 114.5W

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 24,576 MB 16,384 MB
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