CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E3-1230 v2 vs 641 among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.6

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2  based on its performance, single-core performance and power consumption.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2

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Much higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 0 GHz Compared to all cpus, 3.7 GHz turbo clock speed is just OK
Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 8 MB l3 cache is just OK
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 13.85 pt/W vs 1.4 pt/W Around 10x better performance per watt
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 2 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Significantly lower typical power consumption 56.06W vs 81.25W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,945 vs 983 Around 2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better PassMark score 8,890 vs 3,404 More than 2.5x better PassMark score
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 3.37 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 16.62 $/year vs 24.09 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 60.44 $/year vs 87.6 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer May, 2012 vs Feb, 2012 Release date 3 months later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 641

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AMD Athlon II X4 641

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 70.1 °C vs 65.8 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E3-1230 v2 vs Athlon II X4 641

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E3-1230 v2
2,450,000 MB/s
Athlon II X4 641
116,900 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E3-1230 v2  vs
Athlon II X4 641 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 0 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 69W 100W
Annual home energy cost 16.62 $/year 24.09 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 60.44 $/year 87.6 $/year
Performance per watt 13.85 pt/W 1.4 pt/W
Typical power consumption 56.06W 81.25W

details

Xeon E3-1230 v2  vs
Athlon II X4 641 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.8°C Unknown - 70.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.67 GHz 3.37 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz 3.37 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2
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