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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2430 v2

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More l2 cache 1.5 MB vs 1 MB 50% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l3 cache 15 MB vs 8 MB Around 90% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
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
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
More l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 25% more l3 cache per core
Slightly higher Maximum operating temperature 76 °C vs 72.72 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
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Significantly higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 4 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 35% higher turbo clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per dollar 2.97 pt/$ vs 1.41 pt/$ More than 2x better performance per dollar
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 2,284 vs 1,263 More than 80% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better PassMark score 9,996 vs 8,608 More than 15% better PassMark score
Better performance per watt 10.77 pt/W vs 9.7 pt/W More than 10% better performance per watt
Newer May, 2014 vs Jan, 2014 Release date 4 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2430 v2 vs Core i7 4790

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2430 v2
1,620,000 MB/s
Core i7 4790
4,570,000 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 E5-2430 v2  vs
Core i7 4790 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1356
LGA 1150
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
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 19,200 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 32,768 MB

details

Xeon E5-2430 v2  vs
Core i7 4790 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 8
L2 cache 1.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 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 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 25 36
Operating temperature Unknown - 76°C Unknown - 72.72°C

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,200 MHz

power consumption

TDP 80W 84W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 20.24 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 73.58 $/year
Performance per watt 9.7 pt/W 10.77 pt/W
Typical power consumption 65W 68.25W

bus

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