CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E5-2420 vs E3-1220 among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Xeon E3-1220 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Xeon E3-1220  based on its single-core performance and cost to run.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2420

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5-2420

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
More threads 12 vs 4 Three times as many threads
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Supports more RAM 393,216 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 12x more RAM
Newer May, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Better PassMark score 7,139 vs 6,067 Around 20% better PassMark score
Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1220

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Much better performance per dollar 4.59 pt/$ vs 1.66 pt/$ More than 2.8x better performance per dollar
Much higher clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 1.9 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 40% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per watt 12.04 pt/W vs 5.36 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Significantly lower typical power consumption 65W vs 77.19W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.4 GHz vs 2.45 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,721 vs 1,362 More than 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.1 GHz vs 1.9 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2420 vs E3-1220

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2420
10,344
Xeon E3-1220
8,827

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2420
985,150 MB/s
Xeon E3-1220
2,320,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-2420  vs
E3-1220 
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 3.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core

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
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 80W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 19.27 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 70.08 $/year
Performance per watt 5.36 pt/W 12.04 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 65W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 7,200 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5-2420  vs
E3-1220 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 4
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1

overclocking

Overclock popularity 0 2
Overclocked clock speed 2.45 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.9 GHz 3.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.45 GHz 3.4 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
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 32,768 MB
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