CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X5470 vs 980X among all CPUs


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 Face detection and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Overall Performance and TDP


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Overall Performance and Price


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Intel Core i7 980X 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 980X  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X5470

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon X5470

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much lower annual home energy cost 28.91 $/year vs 50.68 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Slightly better performance per dollar 1.39 pt/$ vs 0.68 pt/$ More than 2x better performance per dollar
Lower annual commercial energy cost 105.12 $/year vs 148.92 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i7 980X

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Intel Core i7 980X

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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
Better PassMark score 8,944 vs 4,600 Around 95% better PassMark score
More threads 12 vs 4 Three times as many threads
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Newer Mar, 2010 vs Sep, 2008 Release date over 1 years later
Higher Maximum operating temperature 67.9 °C vs 63 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.9 GHz vs 3.33 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5470 vs Core i7 980X

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon X5470
Core i7 980X

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon X5470
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xeon X5470  vs
Core i7 980X 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.33 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 771
LGA 1366


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 120W 130W
Annual home energy cost 28.91 $/year 50.68 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 105.12 $/year 148.92 $/year
Performance per watt 3.45 pt/W 3.64 pt/W
Typical power consumption 97.5W N/A


Architecture FSB QPI
Number of links 1 1
Clock speed 1,333 MHz 3,200 MHz


Xeon X5470  vs
Core i7 980X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 12
L2 cache 12 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 820,000,000 1,170,000,000
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 10 25
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.35V 0.8 - 1.38V
Operating temperature Unknown - 63°C Unknown - 67.9°C


Overclocked clock speed 4.48 GHz 4.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz 4.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz 4.54 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
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