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Front view of Intel Xeon W5590

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Intel Xeon W5590

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Supports more RAM 147,456 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 4.5x more RAM
Front view of Intel Core i7 3770

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Intel Core i7 3770

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per dollar 2.33 pt/$ vs 0.16 pt/$ More than 14.2x better performance per dollar
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 62.56W vs 105.63W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Higher turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per watt 7.25 pt/W vs 2.07 pt/W Around 3.5x better performance per watt
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 2,072 vs 1,441 Around 45% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better PassMark score 9,449 vs 6,183 Around 55% better PassMark score
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Aug, 2009 Release date over 2 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 18.55 $/year vs 31.32 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 67.45 $/year vs 113.88 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.32 GHz vs 3.33 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon W5590 vs Core i7 3770

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W5590
17,496
Core i7 3770
12,524

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W5590
2,322
Core i7 3770
3,236

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W5590
145,000 MB/s
Core i7 3770
2,660,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon W5590
9,814
Core i7 3770
12,495

GeekBench

Xeon W5590
10,987
Core i7 3770
16,134

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon W5590
6,183
Core i7 3770
9,449

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon W5590
1,441
Core i7 3770
2,072

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon W5590  vs
Core i7 3770 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.9 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 77W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 18.55 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 67.45 $/year
Performance per watt 2.07 pt/W 7.25 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 62.56W

bus

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

details

Xeon W5590  vs
Core i7 3770 
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 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 22 nm
Transistor count 731,000,000 1,300,000,000
Max CPUs 2 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 67°C Unknown - 67.4°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.94 GHz 4.03 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz 4.32 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.94 GHz 4.03 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Latest DirectX N/A 11.x
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,150 MHz
3DMark06 N/A 5,339.9

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 147,456 MB 32,768 MB
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