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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon W5590

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Intel Xeon W5590

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Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 17,496 vs 8,816 Around 2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
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
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.94 GHz vs 3.7 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
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Much better performance per dollar 2.86 pt/$ vs 0.16 pt/$ Around 17.8x 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 lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 105.63W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 9.04 pt/W vs 2.07 pt/W More than 4.2x better performance per watt
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,857 vs 1,441 Around 30% better PassMark (Single core) score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 67 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Aug, 2009 Release date over 1 years later
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 31.32 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 113.88 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz vs 3.33 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon W5590 vs Core i5 2500

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W5590
17,496
Core i5 2500
8,816

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W5590
2,322
Core i5 2500
2,796

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W5590
145,000 MB/s
Core i5 2500
2,410,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W5590
9,814
Core i5 2500
8,767

GeekBench

Xeon W5590
10,987
Core i5 2500
11,542

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon W5590
6,183
Core i5 2500
6,257

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon W5590
1,441
Core i5 2500
1,857

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon W5590  vs
Core i5 2500 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 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 130W 95W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 2.07 pt/W 9.04 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 77.19W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 2 1
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon W5590  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 - 67°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.94 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz 4.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.94 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 31,999.98 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 147,456 MB 32,768 MB
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