CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X5690 vs E7540 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 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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Much higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 75% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz vs 2.27 GHz Around 65% higher turbo clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 2.13 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better performance per watt 7.01 pt/W vs 0.54 pt/W Around 13x better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz vs 2.13 GHz More than 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Newer Feb, 2011 vs Mar, 2010 Release date 10 months later
Front view of Intel Xeon E7540

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Much more l3 cache 18 MB vs 12 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 2 6 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Lower typical power consumption 85.31W vs 105.63W Around 20% lower typical power consumption
Much more l3 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Lower annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year vs 113.88 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year vs 31.32 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X5690 vs E7540

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
28,306
Xeon E7540
2,540

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
2,585
Xeon E7540
1,308

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X5690
1,770,000 MB/s
Xeon E7540
86.5 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X5690  vs
E7540 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 2.27 GHz
Cores Hexa core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1366
LGA 1567

features

Has a NX bit 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 105W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 25.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 91.98 $/year
Performance per watt 7.01 pt/W 0.54 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 85.31W

details

Xeon X5690  vs
E7540 
Threads 12 12
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 18 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 3 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 2 8
Voltage range 0.75 - 1.35V 0.68 - 1.35V
Operating temperature Unknown - 78.5°C Unknown - 64°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 2.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.97 GHz 2.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 2.13 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 4
Data rate 51,200 MB/s 102,400 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 6,400 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 3,200 MHz
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