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Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2

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Much lower typical power consumption 56.06W vs 114.2W 2x 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 dollar 4.05 pt/$ vs 2.92 pt/$ Around 40% better performance per dollar
Much better performance per watt 15.68 pt/W vs 7.53 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much lower annual home energy cost 16.62 $/year vs 41.8 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 60.44 $/year vs 111.78 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer May, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of Intel Core i7 2600K

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E3-1240 v2 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 E3-1240 v2
2,500,000 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 E3-1240 v2  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
Socket type
LGA 1155

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
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 69W 95W
Annual home energy cost 16.62 $/year 41.8 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 60.44 $/year 111.78 $/year
Performance per watt 15.68 pt/W 7.53 pt/W
Typical power consumption 56.06W 114.2W

bus

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

details

Xeon E3-1240 v2  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
Clock multiplier 34 34

overclocking

Overclock popularity 10 2,016

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 33,556.48 MB 32,768 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2
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