CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X3210 vs Q9400 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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X3210

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon X3210

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.66 GHz vs 2.13 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 85.31W Around 10% lower typical power consumption
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.4 °C vs 62.2 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,123 vs 4,530 Around 15% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Newer Jul, 2008 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 1 years later
Slightly better geekbench 3 single core score 1,490 vs 1,326 More than 10% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better performance per dollar 0.72 pt/$ vs 0.64 pt/$ More than 10% better performance per dollar
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.15 GHz vs 3.48 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 10% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 10% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X3210 vs Core2 Quad Q9400

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X3210
100,750 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q9400
114,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X3210  vs
Core2 Quad Q9400 
Clock speed 2.13 GHz 2.66 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 775

features

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

power consumption

TDP 105W 95W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.16 pt/W 1.51 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 77.19W

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Clock speed 1,066 MHz 1,333 MHz

details

Xeon X3210  vs
Core2 Quad Q9400 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 582,000,000 456,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 8 8
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.85 - 1.36V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 71.4°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.53 GHz 3.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz 4.15 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.53 GHz 3.54 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
Intel Xeon X3210
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Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
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