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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1260L

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Much higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 20% higher turbo clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1230L v3

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Lower typical power consumption 20.31W vs 36.56W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Newer Apr, 2013 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Lower annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year vs 39.42 $/year Around 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year vs 10.84 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E3-1260L vs E3-1230L v3

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xeon E3-1260L  vs
E3-1230L v3 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
AVX 2.0
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 32,768 MB


Xeon E3-1260L  vs
E3-1230L v3 
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 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

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 25W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 5.01 pt/W 9.46 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 20.31W


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