CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X5460 vs Q6600 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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Intel Xeon X5460

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Front view of Intel Xeon X5460

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X5460

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon X5460

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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
Significantly higher clock speed 3.16 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 50% more l2 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 7,123 vs 4,490 Around 60% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,335 vs 924 Around 45% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.06 GHz vs 3.52 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Nov, 2007 vs Jan, 2007 Release date 10 months later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.07 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Lower typical power consumption 85.31W vs 97.5W Around 15% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year vs 28.91 $/year Around 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year vs 105.12 $/year Around 15% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5460 vs Core2 Quad Q6600

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 X5460
135,100 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q6600
102,800 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 X5460  vs
Core2 Quad Q6600 
Clock speed 3.16 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 771
LGA 775

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
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 120W 105W
Annual home energy cost 28.91 $/year 25.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 105.12 $/year 91.98 $/year
Performance per watt 1.48 pt/W 1.19 pt/W
Typical power consumption 97.5W 85.31W

bus

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

details

Xeon X5460  vs
Core2 Quad Q6600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 12 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 65 nm
Transistor count 820,000,000 582,000,000
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 9 9
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.35V 0.85 - 1.5V
Operating temperature Unknown - 63°C Unknown - 62.2°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.06 GHz 3.52 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.07 GHz 3.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.06 GHz 3.52 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 X5460
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