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Intel Xeon E3-1260L

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Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1260L

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Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 3 MB Around 2.8x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 20% better turbo clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,642 vs 1,127 More than 45% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better PassMark score 6,534 vs 2,839 More than 2.2x better PassMark score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per watt 5.01 pt/W vs 3.46 pt/W Around 45% better performance per watt
Better performance per dollar 0.73 pt/$ vs 0.59 pt/$ Around 25% better performance per dollar
Newer Apr, 2011 vs Jan, 2011 Release date 3 months later
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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 58.6 °C More than 70% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 36.56W More than 20% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 10.84 $/year More than 20% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 39.42 $/year More than 20% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E3-1260L vs Core i3 2310E

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xeon E3-1260L  vs
Core i3 2310E 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
BGA 1023


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 45W 35W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 5.01 pt/W 3.46 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 28.44W


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


Xeon E3-1260L  vs
Core i3 2310E 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 21
Operating temperature Unknown - 58.6°C Unknown - 100°C

integrated graphics

Label HD Graphics 2000 Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 16,998.4 MB
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