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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X5690

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Intel Xeon X5690

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Much higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 20% higher turbo clock speed
Lower typical power consumption 105.63W vs 121.88W Around 15% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year vs 131.4 $/year Around 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 36.13 $/year Around 15% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of Intel Xeon E7-8880 v3

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More threads 36 vs 12 Three times as many threads
Supports more RAM 1,572,864 MB vs 294,912 MB Supports more than 5.2x more RAM
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
Newer Apr, 2015 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 4 years later

Features Key features of the Xeon X5690  vs E7-8880 v3 

clock speed

Xeon X5690
3.46 GHz
Xeon E7-8880 v3
2.3 GHz

turbo clock speed

Xeon X5690
3.73 GHz
Xeon E7-8880 v3
3.1 GHz


Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xeon X5690  vs
E7-8880 v3 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 2.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Hexa core Processing Cores


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Triple Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 294,912 MB 1,572,864 MB


Xeon X5690  vs
E7-8880 v3 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 36
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 8
Operating temperature Unknown - 78.5°C Unknown - 77°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

power consumption

TDP 130W 150W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 36.13 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 131.4 $/year
Typical power consumption 105.63W 121.88W


Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 2 3
Data rate 51,200 MB/s 115,200 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 9,600 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 4,800 MHz
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