CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X5690 vs E5620 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 performance and 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 2.4 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz vs 2.66 GHz More than 40% higher turbo clock speed
Much 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
Much better PassMark score 9,059 vs 4,873 More than 85% better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,504 vs 1,059 More than 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 3.75 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz vs 4.33 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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 Mar, 2010 Release date 11 months later
Front view of Intel Xeon E5620

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Much better performance per dollar 2.18 pt/$ vs 0.55 pt/$ Around 4x better performance per dollar
Much lower typical power consumption 65W vs 105.63W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much more l3 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 113.88 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 31.32 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5690 vs E5620

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
28,306
Xeon E5620
14,086

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
2,585
Xeon E5620
1,898

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
1,770,000 MB/s
Xeon E5620
1,280,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
16,322
Xeon E5620
8,737

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
16,764
Xeon E5620
11,417

GeekBench

Xeon X5690
16,764
Xeon E5620
11,417

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon X5690
9,059
Xeon E5620
4,873

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon X5690
1,504
Xeon E5620
1,059

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X5690  vs
E5620 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 2.66 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1366

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
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 80W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 19.27 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 70.08 $/year
Performance per watt 7.01 pt/W 7.59 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 65W

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 Yes
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 25,599.99 MB/s
Maximum memory size 294,912 MB 294,912 MB

details

Xeon X5690  vs
E5620 
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 12 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 3 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 2
Clock multiplier 26 18
Voltage range 0.75 - 1.35V 0.75 - 1.35V
Operating temperature Unknown - 78.5°C Unknown - 77.6°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 3 12
Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 3.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz 4.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 3.75 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 2
Data rate 51,200 MB/s 46,928 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 5,860 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 2,930 MHz
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