CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X5470 vs Q9650 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 X5470

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Front view of Intel Xeon X5470

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X5470

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon X5470

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Higher clock speed 3.33 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 11,201 vs 5,792 Around 95% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.51 GHz vs 4.15 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.67 GHz vs 4.25 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

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Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 97.5W More than 20% lower typical power consumption
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better performance per dollar 0.41 pt/$ vs 0.14 pt/$ Around 3x better performance per dollar
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.4 °C vs 63 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 28.91 $/year More than 20% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 105.12 $/year More than 20% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5470 vs Core2 Quad Q9650

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 X5470
142,200 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q9650
128,200 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X5470  vs
Core2 Quad Q9650 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 771
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 120W 95W
Annual home energy cost 28.91 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 105.12 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.75 pt/W 1.47 pt/W
Typical power consumption 97.5W 77.19W

bus

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

details

Xeon X5470  vs
Core2 Quad Q9650 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 12 MB 12 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 3 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 820,000,000 820,000,000
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 10 9
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.35V 0.85 - 1.36V
Operating temperature Unknown - 63°C Unknown - 71.4°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.51 GHz 4.15 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.67 GHz 4.25 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,679.1 1,473.2
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.51 GHz 4.15 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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If you have an old P45 rig, Xeon X5470 is the best upgrade option you can get. Just follow the instructions at http://www.delidded.com/lga-771-to-775-adapter/ to fit it in the socket. X5470 runs with FSB400 setting instead of the stock FSB333 even with the stock cooler without any trouble, giving it a 4 GHz clock speed. With a better cooler, it can hit 4.5 GHz at least with a decent motherboard (such as Asus P5Q series). With 8 GB RAM, 240 GB SSD and GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 graphics, my old desktop computer runs Windows 10 just fine.
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