Westmere-EP - X5660 Full Review

WinRar, 7-zip, AIDA & Benchmarks

 

WinRar 4.20

 

  Moving on to the WinRar v4.20 benchmark, I’m comparing the X5660, L5639, and the i7-960. The results were amazing if you consider my i7-960 results I only ran my X5660 @ 4.6Ghz during this test. Here are the results:



Xeon X5660 @ 4.6Ghz = 16,458
Xeon L5639 @ 4.1Ghz = 12,441
i7-960 @ 4.2Ghz = 8,519

  Users running the i7-920 or i7-960 will see a nice upgrade when it comes to extracting files. The L5639 performed very well for a chip that sells for $75-$150, especially if you are looking to upgrade your Quad-core on the X58 platform. Upgrading from my i7-960 to the X5660 gave me a 93% performance increase in WinRar v4.20 benchmark for approx. $200. The upgrade was worth the purchase so far. WinRar isn’t the best benchmarking tool for multi-cores and relies heavily on tighter RAM timings. I can unpack 1.17GB with the X5660 in less than 10 secs. I’ve also ran 7-zip benchmark as well. Check below.

 

 7-zip v9.20

 



7-zip shows some interesting results. The Decompressing performance difference is less that 1% between the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The X5660 has actually taken the lead in the Decompress test now. The exact difference now favors my X5660 by 0.15%. When it comes to the compressing benchmark, the difference is only about 3%. I expected a wider gap, but that wasn’t the case here. The i7-4960X is 16.3% faster than the L5639.

 

AIDA64

CPU Queen:

i7-4960X @ 4.7Ghz = 81760 [-7.8%]
I7-3960X @ 4.7Ghz = 81402 [-7.3%]
X5660 @ 4.8Ghz = 75826 [0.0%]
L5639 @ 4.1Ghz = 64727 [+17.1%]
i7-4770K @ 4.6Ghz = 59950 [+26.5%]
i7-3770K @ 4.6Ghz = 59385 [+27.7%]

CPU PhotoWorxx:
i7-4960X @ 4.7Ghz = 24876 MPixel/s [-45.1%]
X5660 @ 4.8Ghz = 17142 MPixel/s [0.0%]
L5639 @ 4.1Ghz = 15218 MPixel/s [+12.6%]

CPU ZLib:
i7-4960X @ 4.7Ghz = 598.8 [-23.6%]
X5660 @ 4.8Ghz = 484.3 [0.0%]

FPU VP8:
i7-4960X @ 4.7Ghz = 8392 [-23%]
X5660 @ 4.8Ghz = 6814 [0.0%]
L5639 @ 4.1Ghz = 5897 [+15.5%]

FPU SinJulia:
X5660 @ 4.8Ghz = 9955 [0.0%]
i7-4960X @ 4.7Ghz = 9483 [4.9%]
L5639 @ 4.1Ghz = 8506 [17%]

 

The X5660 holds its own in a lot of the test. The i7-4960X is king since its using newer technology. The X5660 actually beat the 4960X in one of the test by 4.9%. That’s pretty rare considering the architecture both processors are using. Overall I can’t complain.