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Core i3-550 vs Xeon E5502


Description
The i3-550 is based on Westmere architecture while the E5502 is based on Nehalem.

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i3-550 gets a score of 41.5 k points while the E5502 gets 22.3 k points.

Summarizing, the i3-550 is 1.9 times faster than the E5502 . To get a proper comparison between both models, take a look to the data shown below.

Specs
CPUID
20655
106a5
Core
Clarkdale
Gainestown
Architecture
Base frecuency
3.2 GHz
1.867 GHz
Socket
LGA 1156
LGA 1366
Cores/Threads
2/2
2 /2
TDP
73 W
80 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
64 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
256 kB
Cache L3
4096 kB
4096 kB
Date
May 2010
March 2009

SSE3 optimized benchmark
The benchmark in mode I (SSE) is optimized for the use of SIMD instructions with 128 bits register and the SSE set up to version 3. Nearly every modern CPU has support for this mode.
Monothread
i3-550
E5502
Test#1 (Integers)
7919
4758 (-39.91%)
Test#2 (FP)
5373
3146 (-41.45%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3181
1939 (-39.04%)
Test#1 (Memory)
2720
1454 (-46.55%)
TOTAL
19192
11297 (-41.14%)

Multithread

i3-550

E5502
Test#1 (Integers)
17202
9478 (-44.90%)
Test#2 (FP)
12718
6298 (-50.48%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8714
3861 (-55.69%)
Test#1 (Memory)
2861
2642 (-7.66%)
TOTAL
41495
22279 (-46.31%)

Performance/W
i3-550
E5502
Test#1 (Integers)
236 points/W
118 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
174 points/W
79 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
119 points/W
48 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
39 points/W
33 points/W
TOTAL
568 points/W
278 points/W

Performance/GHz
i3-550
E5502
Test#1 (Integers)
2475 points/GHz
2549 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
1679 points/GHz
1685 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
994 points/GHz
1038 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
850 points/GHz
779 points/GHz
TOTAL
5998 points/GHz
6051 points/GHz

Monothread performance graph
Monothread performance graphics gives the performance vs time. They are useful to measure the time it takes to the CPU to reach the maximum performance.

Usually, CPU's performance will be steady during these tests but if it has a slow frequency strategy, the first samples will show a lower score.


Test#1 (Integers) [points vs time]

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Test#2 (FP) [points vs time]

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Test#3 (Generic, ZIP) [points vs time]

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Test#1 (Memory) [points vs time]

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Multithread performance graph
Multithread graphs measure the performance against a heavy load during certain time.

If CPU's TDP doesn't limit the frequency and the machine is properly cooled, performance should remain steady vs time. Otherwise, the performance score will oscillate or decrease over time.


Test#1 (Integers) [points vs time]

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Test#2 (FP) [points vs time]

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Test#3 (Generic, ZIP) [points vs time]

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Test#1 (Memory) [points vs time]

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