CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X3430 vs 540 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

7.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Xeon X3430 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Xeon X3430  based on its single-core performance.

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Intel Xeon X3430

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Front view of Intel Xeon X3430

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X3430

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon X3430

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Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 94.68W Around 20% lower typical power consumption
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better PassMark (Single core) score 949 vs 779 More than 20% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 35.75 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 3.07 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 540

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Intel Core i3 540

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher clock speed 3.06 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Better performance per dollar 3.52 pt/$ vs 1.32 pt/$ Around 2.8x better performance per dollar
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.49 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Sep, 2009 Release date 3 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X3430 vs Core i3 540

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X3430
5,273
Core i3 540
4,078

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X3430
1,653
Core i3 540
1,947

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X3430
109,200 MB/s
Core i3 540
123,300 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X3430
5,207
Core i3 540
3,934

GeekBench

Xeon X3430
5,207
Core i3 540
5,930

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon X3430
3,339
Core i3 540
2,688

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X3430  vs
Core i3 540 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.06 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1156

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
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 733 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 16,384 MB

details

Xeon X3430  vs
Core i3 540 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 774,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 18 23
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.7°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.6 GHz 4.49 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 3.07 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.6 GHz 4.49 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 73W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 35.75 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 91.1 $/year
Performance per watt 2.88 pt/W 2.32 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 94.68W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 2,500 MT/s 2,500 MT/s
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