CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X5690 vs 6238 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

5.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Xeon X5690 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Xeon X5690  based on its single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X5690

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon X5690

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Much higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,504 vs 891 Around 70% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better performance per watt 7.01 pt/W vs 1.11 pt/W More than 6.2x better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 3.88 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz vs 2.9 GHz More than 70% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.33 MB/core More than 50% more l3 cache per core
Front view of AMD Opteron 6238

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AMD Opteron 6238

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Much more l2 cache 12 MB vs 2 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l3 cache 16 MB vs 12 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 3x more l2 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 93.44W vs 105.63W More than 10% lower typical power consumption
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 2 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Lower annual commercial energy cost 100.74 $/year vs 113.88 $/year More than 10% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 27.7 $/year vs 31.32 $/year More than 10% lower annual home energy cost
Newer Nov, 2011 vs Feb, 2011 Release date 9 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5690 vs Opteron 6238

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
28,306
Opteron 6238
4,674

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
2,585
Opteron 6238
1,348

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
1,770,000 MB/s
Opteron 6238
1,470 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon X5690
9,059
Opteron 6238
7,316

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X5690  vs
Opteron 6238 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Hexa core Duodeca core
Socket type
LGA 1366
G34

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES

power consumption

TDP 130W 115W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 27.7 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 100.74 $/year
Performance per watt 7.01 pt/W 1.11 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 93.44W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3

details

Xeon X5690  vs
Opteron 6238 
Threads 12 12
L2 cache 2 MB 12 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 16 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 4
Clock multiplier 26 16
Operating temperature Unknown - 78.5°C Unknown - 70.4°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 3 0
Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 3.88 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz 2.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 3.88 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

bus

Architecture QPI HyperTransport 3.0
Number of links 2 4
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 6,400 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 3,200 MHz
Intel Xeon X5690
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