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Intel Xeon E3-1260L

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Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1260L

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Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1260L

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 56.06W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 60.44 $/year Around 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 16.62 $/year Around 35% lower annual home energy cost
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Much higher clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 4.66 pt/$ vs 0.73 pt/$ Around 6.5x better performance per dollar
Higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Newer May, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E3-1260L vs E3-1220 v2

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xeon E3-1260L  vs
E3-1220 v2 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 33,556.48 MB


Xeon E3-1260L  vs
E3-1220 v2 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
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 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 31

integrated graphics

Label HD Graphics 2000 N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz N/A

power consumption

TDP 45W 69W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 16.62 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 60.44 $/year
Performance per watt 5.01 pt/W 13.51 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 56.06W


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