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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E5 1660 v2

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Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Supports more RAM 262,144 MB vs 65,536 MB Supports 4x more RAM
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.75 GHz vs 4.49 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 66.8 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of Intel Core i7 4960X

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
More l2 cache 2 MB vs 1.5 MB Around 35% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.33 GHz vs 3.7 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2013 vs Jul, 2013 Release date 2 months later

Features Key features of the Xeon E5 1660 v2  vs Core i7 4960X 

clock speed

Xeon E5 1660 v2
3.7 GHz
Core i7 4960X
3.6 GHz

turbo clock speed

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Xeon E5 1660 v2
4.75 GHz
Core i7 4960X
4.49 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Xeon E5 1660 v2
3.7 GHz
Core i7 4960X
4.33 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5 1660 v2  vs
Core i7 4960X 
Clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Hexa core Hexa core
Is unlocked No Yes

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 130W 130W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 113.88 $/year
Typical power consumption 105.63W 105.63W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 0 1
Transfer rate 0 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5 1660 v2  vs
Core i7 4960X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 12
L2 cache 1.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB 15 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.75 GHz 4.49 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.7 GHz 4.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.75 GHz 4.49 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 59,733.32 MB/s 59,733.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 262,144 MB 65,536 MB
Intel Xeon E5 1660 v2
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