CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X5690 vs 6600 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

8.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 6600 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 6600  based on its single-core performance, power consumption and value.

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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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More l3 cache 12 MB vs 6 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Slightly higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 3.3 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
More threads 12 vs 4 Three times as many threads
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Significantly better performance per watt 7.01 pt/W vs 3.94 pt/W Around 80% better performance per watt
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 3.75 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Supports more RAM 294,912 MB vs 65,536 MB Supports 4.5x more RAM
Higher Maximum operating temperature 78.5 °C vs 71 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better PassMark score 9,059 vs 7,834 More than 15% better PassMark score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz vs 3.87 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i5 6600

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Intel Core i5 6600

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 32 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
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 105.63W 2x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per dollar 1.11 pt/$ vs 0.55 pt/$ More than 2x better performance per dollar
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 2,123 vs 1,504 More than 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 4 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 2x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 2x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5690 vs Core i5 6600

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
28,306
Core i5 6600
12,206

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
2,585
Core i5 6600
3,814

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
1,770,000 MB/s
Core i5 6600
5,090 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon X5690
9,059
Core i5 6600
7,834

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon X5690
1,504
Core i5 6600
2,123

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X5690  vs
Core i5 6600 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 3.9 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 65W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 7.01 pt/W 3.94 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 52.81W

bus

Architecture QPI FSB
Number of links 2 1
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 8,000 MT/s

details

Xeon X5690  vs
Core i5 6600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 4
L3 cache 12 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 78.5°C Unknown - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 3.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz 3.87 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 3.75 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 530
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,150 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 294,912 MB 65,536 MB
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