3500 vs 5500 Processor

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  1. robrose20 macrumors 6502

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    What is the main difference between the processors? The 3500 is in the lower end mac pro tower, and the 5500 is in the high end quad mac pro. Any insights?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Gainestown rocks, the 3500 series doesn't.

    It's as simple as that.

    The 3500 Xeon is a rebranded Core i7 Bloomfield with ECC support.
     
  3. JoeDMD macrumors member

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    I'm certainly not an expert, but I believe the 3500 is a workstation processor and the 5500 is a server grade processor. The 3500 runs at 130w and the 5500 at 80/95W. The 3500 cannot be installed in dual configurations.

    Performance wise - I have no idea.
     
  4. Weepul macrumors regular

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    Could you clarify what that means in terms of relative performance/core between the two? :rolleyes:

    Aha. That does rock.
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    We haven't seen benchmarks on Gainestown in practice yet, but I would assume that the 3500 is only on par with the past Mac Pro line while Gainestown surpasses it.
     
  6. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    The processors are the same at the clock same speeds. Xeon 5500s just let you have two working together. As for the actual performance of the configurations Apple sell, well that will have to wait for testing.
     
  7. JoeDMD macrumors member

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    What is this based on? For an application that uses a single core will the 5500 beat the 3500?
    What advantage does Gainestown have other than running cooler and dual processor configuration? They both have the same Nehalem architecture, right?
     
  8. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    The 3500 (or specifically W3520) is a fine chip cost vs. performance wise. It just shouldn't be in a $2499 computer. You can purchase it at retail for $290. There's at least a $1,000 mark-up on the low-end Mac Pro.
     
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