Average Bench: 75.7% (219th of 1323)

more Based on 4,603 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206C2, , 0FABFBFF000206C2, 1FABFBFF000206C2, 0000000000000000, 1F8BFBFF000206C2, 0789FBFF000206C2, 0F8BFBFF000206C2 Model: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5690 @ 3.47GHz
Poor: 66%Average: 75.7% Great: 86%
Gaming 76%
Desktop 76%
Workstation 63%

Good average bench

The Intel Xeon X5690 averaged 24.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Xeon X5690 near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Memory Latency 88.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 88.1Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Xeon X5690 is just 19.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Xeon X5690 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 630Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 526Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 4,603 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.8 Memory 88.9 95.9
75.3 1-Core 88.1 106
145 2-Core 175 210
70.9% 117 Pts
Min Avg Max
264 4-Core 339 418
417 8-Core 526 651
55.2% 432 Pts
Min Avg Max
476 64-Core 630 786
42.3% 630 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.45 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.1
1-Core 88.1
2-Core 176
73% 120 Pts
4-Core 349
8-Core 564
58% 456 Pts
64-Core 681
46% 681 Pts
CPU1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.45 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.7
1-Core 88.5
2-Core 178
71% 118 Pts
4-Core 330
8-Core 533
55% 432 Pts
64-Core 679
46% 679 Pts
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Gaming 8%
Tree trunk
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 8%
Tree trunk

System: HP Z400 Workstation

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 20% - Poor Total price: $30

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DescriptionIntel® Xeon® Processor X5690 (12M Cache, 3.46 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel® QPI)
Code NameWestmere EP
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor NumberX5690
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache12 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
VID Voltage Range0.750V-1.350V
Recommended Price$1663.00 - $1666.00
Clock Speed3.46 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.73 GHz
Bus Speed6.4 GT/s QPI
QPI Links2
Max TDP130 W


Max Memory Size288 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 800/1066/1333
Memory Channels3
Memory Bandwidth32 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions40-bit
ECC Memory SupportedYes

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesNo
Turbo Boost Tech1.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingYes


Package Size42.5mm X 45mm
Max CPU Configuration2
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1366

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes


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4 months ago.

Six years old and it still runs great, although the speed is lower than the new gaming CPUs, it is still comparable with the Ryzen 3600. Considering that the Ryzen 3600 is just over a year old, it is an excellent cpu for its time, and even now, it can be used for almost anything. Only the apps and softwares that need enormous amounts of calculation (e.g. high level video editing, real time ray-tracing graphics rendering, etc.) will limit the possibilities of this cpu. The only problem it had was its price, which was a hefty $1.6k, but now it is dropped to about 1/10 of its price, in used condition (normally around $150, but I’ve seen less!). The only drawback of buying this pc is it’s age and how the new 30 series graphics cards can potentially bottleneck this cpu. (It might not, but considering its frequency, it is a possibility.)


20 days ago.

Very good overclocking potential. Running everything quite smoothly.


7 months ago.

You can find this CPU for only 20 Dollar/euro, it's still an absolute good CPU. Back in the days this CPU cost over 1000 euros


5 months ago.

Great even in 2021 and competes when paired with a good motherboard and NH Noctua DH15 CPU cooler overclocks easily too 4.4ghz maybe 4.5ghz and runs modern titles well even CyberPunk 2077 with a non AVX mode download for the game and it does absolutely stunning at 1080p 80-95FPS too 1440p at 68-75FPS pairs with a RTX 2070


8 months ago.

Good overclock speeds but lacking in IPC - It's days are numbered but it still hits hard and totally relevant paired with a modern GPU. A 2080ti is the limit as it saturates the PCIE 2.0 in the x58.


18 months ago.

I have two Dell T3500 systems. One for gaming and the other to stream my games. The streaming system is running Manjaro Linux and it rocks.


11 months ago.

very nice chip, still holds a lot of punch even all those years later. if you can pick them up cheap, you can easily build a budget gaming/workstation rig, if not then don't


1 month ago.

The Xeon X5690 is an exceptional cpu, with 6 cores, hyper threading and a clock of 3.46 Ghz it performs great. The price just adds to it, $45 on ebay. While it lacks Pcie 3.0 support and the IPS of modern cpus it is still a remarkable cpu.

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