CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E3-1231 v3 vs 2600K 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

7.6

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3  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 E3-1231 v3

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3

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Much better performance per dollar 5.83 pt/$ vs 2.92 pt/$ Around 2x better performance per dollar
Much lower typical power consumption 65W vs 114.2W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
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 18.71 pt/W vs 7.53 pt/W Around 2.5x better performance per watt
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Newer Apr, 2014 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 3 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 41.8 $/year 2.2x lower annual home energy cost
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,170 vs 1,920 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better PassMark score 9,627 vs 8,494 Around 15% better PassMark score
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 111.78 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.05 GHz vs 3.76 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.76 GHz vs 3.81 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E3-1231 v3 vs Core i7 2600K

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 E3-1231 v3
4,175,000 MB/s
Core i7 2600K
2,500,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E3-1231 v3  vs
Core i7 2600K 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
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 Yes

power consumption

TDP 80W 95W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 41.8 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 111.78 $/year
Performance per watt 18.71 pt/W 7.53 pt/W
Typical power consumption 65W 114.2W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI
Number of links 0 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E3-1231 v3  vs
Core i7 2600K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.76 GHz 5.05 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.81 GHz 4.76 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.76 GHz 5.05 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Latest DirectX N/A 10.x
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,350 MHz
3DMark06 N/A 5,275

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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