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Front view of Intel Xeon X5690

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon X5690

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz vs 3.06 GHz More than 20% higher turbo clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More l3 cache 12 MB vs 8 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much better performance per watt 7.01 pt/W vs 1.45 pt/W More than 4.8x better performance per watt
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Better PassMark score 9,059 vs 5,176 More than 75% better PassMark score
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
Supports more RAM 294,912 MB vs 24,576 MB Supports 12x more RAM
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,504 vs 1,215 Around 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 78.5 °C vs 67.9 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 4.21 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Newer Feb, 2011 vs Feb, 2010 Release date 11 months later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz vs 4.62 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Better performance per dollar 0.62 pt/$ vs 0.55 pt/$ Around 15% better performance per dollar

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5690 vs Core i7 930

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
28,306
Core i7 930
7,828

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
2,585
Core i7 930
2,016

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
1,770,000 MB/s
Core i7 930
126,500 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
16,322
Core i7 930
7,522

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
16,764
Core i7 930
8,177

GeekBench

Xeon X5690
16,764
Core i7 930
9,439

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon X5690
9,059
Core i7 930
5,176

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon X5690
1,504
Core i7 930
1,215

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X5690  vs
Core i7 930 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 3.06 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1366

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 130W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 7.01 pt/W 1.45 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 105.63W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Triple Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 25,599.99 MB/s
Maximum memory size 294,912 MB 24,576 MB

details

Xeon X5690  vs
Core i7 930 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 8
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 26 21
Voltage range 0.75 - 1.35V 0.8 - 1.38V
Operating temperature Unknown - 78.5°C Unknown - 67.9°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 3 209
Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 4.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz 4.62 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 4.21 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 QPI
Number of links 2 1
Data rate 51,200 MB/s 19,200 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 4,800 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 2,400 MHz
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