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Front view of Intel Xeon E5 1607 v2

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Intel Xeon E5 1607 v2

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More l3 cache 10 MB vs 6 MB More than 65% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core More than 65% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per dollar 0.88 pt/$ vs 0.63 pt/$ Around 40% better performance per dollar
Supports more RAM 262,144 MB vs 65,536 MB Supports 4x more RAM
Front view of Intel Core i5 6500

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 105.63W 2x lower typical power consumption
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.77 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,951 vs 1,611 More than 20% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Mar, 2012 Release date over 3 years later
Better performance per watt 3.9 pt/W vs 1.65 pt/W More than 2.2x better performance per watt
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 2x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Better PassMark score 7,217 vs 6,063 Around 20% better PassMark score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.29 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5 1607 v2 vs Core i5 6500

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5 1607 v2  vs
Core i5 6500 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

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 130W 65W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.65 pt/W 3.9 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 52.81W

bus

Architecture QPI FSB
Number of links 0 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 8,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5 1607 v2  vs
Core i5 6500 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 10 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3 GHz 3.77 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 4.29 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3 GHz 3.77 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 530
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
Channels Quad Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 51,200 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 262,144 MB 65,536 MB
Intel Xeon E5 1607 v2
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