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Front view of Intel Xeon X5690

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Much higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 7.01 pt/W vs 1.7 pt/W More than 4x better performance per watt
Higher turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Xeon E7-8857 v2

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Much more l3 cache 30 MB vs 12 MB 2.5x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports more RAM 1,572,864 MB vs 294,912 MB Supports more than 5.2x more RAM
Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 2 MB 50% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 2 6 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 25% more l3 cache per core
Newer Feb, 2014 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 3 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5690 vs E7-8857 v2

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
28,306

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
1,770,000 MB/s
Xeon E7-8857 v2
871.2 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X5690  vs
E7-8857 v2 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Hexa core Duodeca core
Socket type
LGA 1366
LGA 2011

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
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 1.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 105.63W

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 2 3
Data rate 51,200 MB/s 96,000 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 8,000 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 4,000 MHz

details

Xeon X5690  vs
E7-8857 v2 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 12
L2 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 30 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 8
Clock multiplier 26 30
Operating temperature Unknown - 78.5°C Unknown - 73°C

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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 42,666.64 MB/s
Maximum memory size 294,912 MB 1,572,864 MB
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