Xeon W3550: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Xeon W3550 provides poor benchmark performance at 2.08% of a leader's which is a 96-core Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

Summary

Intel started Xeon W3550 sales on August 2009 at a recommended price of $235. This is a Bloomfield architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, and is based on 45 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3330 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA1366 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt. It supports DDR3 memory.

Primary details

Xeon W3550 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking1808
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation21.10
Market segmentServer
Architecture codenameBloomfield (2008−2010)
Release dateAugust 2009 (14 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$235of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$100 (0.4x MSRP)of 15701 (Xeon Platinum 8276L)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance per price, higher is better.

Detailed specifications

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)
Threads8
Base clock speed3.06 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.33 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)of 98304 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
L3 cache8 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography45 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size263 mm2
Maximum core temperature68 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors731 millionof 92000 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplierNo

Compatibility

Information on Xeon W3550 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketFCLGA1366
Power consumption (TDP)130 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Xeon W3550. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.2
AES-NI-
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology1.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring-
Demand Based Switching+
PAE36 Bit
StatusDiscontinued

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+
EDB+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Xeon W3550's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3
Maximum memory size24 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels3of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth25.6 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)
ECC memory support+

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Xeon W3550. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Xeon W3550 2.08

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

Xeon W3550 3214

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

Xeon W3550 480

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

Xeon W3550 1574

Gaming performance

Closest competitors

Xeon W3550's performance relative to its closest rivals among server CPUs.


Xeon L5609 102.4
Xeon X3480 101.92
Xeon X3470 101.44
Xeon W3550 100
Xeon W3570 99.04
Xeon X5560 97.12

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