CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E3-1231 v3 vs 620M 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

7.8

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 and single-core performance.

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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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Higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.66 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.33 GHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Newer Apr, 2014 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over 4 years later
Better geekbench 3 single core score 3,431 vs 2,114 More than 60% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better PassMark score 9,625 vs 2,748 More than 3.5x better PassMark score
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 4 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better performance per watt 18.75 pt/W vs 17.8 pt/W More than 5% better performance per watt
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.81 GHz vs 2.67 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i7 620M

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per dollar 7.22 pt/$ vs 6.25 pt/$ More than 15% better performance per dollar
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 65W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 70.08 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 19.27 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E3-1231 v3 vs Core i7 620M

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 620M
1,530,000 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 620M 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.66 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.33 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
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 35W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 18.75 pt/W 17.8 pt/W
Typical power consumption 65W 28.44W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI
Number of links 0 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 2,500 MT/s

details

Xeon E3-1231 v3  vs
Core i7 620M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 4 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 3.34 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.81 GHz 2.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.76 GHz 3.34 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 500 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 766 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 17,066.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 8,192 MB
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