CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of W3690 vs 990X 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

No winner declared

Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon W3690

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon W3690

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Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Better performance per dollar 0.85 pt/$ vs 0.78 pt/$ Around 10% better performance per dollar
Front view of Intel Core i7 990X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 990X

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Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.58 GHz vs 4.09 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon W3690 vs Core i7 990X

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3690
14,746
Core i7 990X
14,805

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3690
2,657
Core i7 990X
2,592

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3690
1,800,000 MB/s
Core i7 990X
1,750,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3690
14,580
Core i7 990X
14,910

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W3690
16,250
Core i7 990X
15,371

GeekBench

Xeon W3690
16,250
Core i7 990X
17,123

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon W3690
9,406
Core i7 990X
9,389

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon W3690
1,560
Core i7 990X
1,509

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon W3690  vs
Core i7 990X 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 3.46 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 3.73 GHz
Cores Hexa core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1366

features

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

power consumption

TDP 130W 130W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 6.51 pt/W 6.36 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 105.63W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Triple Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 25,599.99 MB/s
Maximum memory size 24,576 MB 24,576 MB

details

Xeon W3690  vs
Core i7 990X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 12
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 12 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 26 26
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.38V 0.8 - 1.38V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C Unknown - 67.9°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 0 54
Overclocked clock speed 4.09 GHz 4.58 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.48 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.09 GHz 4.58 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

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 1 1
Data rate 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 6,400 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 3,200 MHz
Intel Xeon W3690
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Comments

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Very good performance!!!
At the stated prices here, $1500 for the I7, $416 for the Xeon, it’s just a joke to get serious about any real alternative.
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