CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X3210 vs Q9550 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

5.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core2 Quad Q9550  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X3210

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Intel Xeon X3210

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Better performance per dollar 0.64 pt/$ vs 0.5 pt/$ Around 30% better performance per dollar
Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9550

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Much more l2 cache 12 MB vs 8 MB 50% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
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 2.83 GHz vs 2.13 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 50% more l2 cache per core
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
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,498 vs 4,530 More than 20% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.4 °C vs 62.2 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.99 GHz vs 3.53 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,604 vs 1,326 More than 20% better geekbench 3 single core score
Newer Jan, 2008 vs Jan, 2007 Release date a year later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.03 GHz vs 3.48 GHz More than 15% 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 Q9550

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 Q9550
121,500 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 Q9550 
Clock speed 2.13 GHz 2.83 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
SSE4
SSE3
EM64T
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 Q9550 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 8 MB 12 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 3 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 582,000,000 820,000,000
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 3.99 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz 4.03 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.53 GHz 3.99 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
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