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Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3

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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 1.7 GHz 2x higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 60% higher turbo clock speed
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.76 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.81 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Apr, 2014 vs Jul, 2013 Release date 9 months later
Front view of Intel Atom C2730

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Intel Atom C2730

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More cores 8 vs 4 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much lower typical power consumption 9.75W vs 65W 6.7x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 10.51 $/year vs 70.08 $/year 6.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 2.89 $/year vs 19.27 $/year 6.7x lower annual home energy cost

Features Key features of the Xeon E3-1231 v3  vs Atom C2730 

clock speed

Xeon E3-1231 v3
3.4 GHz
Atom C2730
1.7 GHz

turbo clock speed

Xeon E3-1231 v3
3.8 GHz
Atom C2730
2.4 GHz

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon E3-1231 v3
3.76 GHz
Atom C2730
2.4 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon E3-1231 v3
3.81 GHz
Atom C2730
2.4 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E3-1231 v3  vs
Atom C2730 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 1.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Octa core

features

Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes No

power consumption

TDP 80W 12W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 2.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 10.51 $/year
Typical power consumption 65W 9.75W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 FSB
Number of links 0 1

details

Xeon E3-1231 v3  vs
Atom C2730 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.76 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.81 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.76 GHz 2.4 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
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3
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