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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2430 v2

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Much 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
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 12 vs 4 Three times as many threads
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
Supports more RAM 393,216 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 12x more RAM
More l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 25% more l3 cache per core
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Newer Jan, 2014 vs Apr, 2013 Release date 9 months later
Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1220 v3

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Much higher clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2430 v2 vs E3-1220 v3

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
Xeon E3-1220 v3
4,030,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-2430 v2  vs
E3-1220 v3 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3 GHz 3.5 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
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

power consumption

TDP 80W 80W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 19.27 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 70.08 $/year
Performance per watt 9.7 pt/W 30.47 pt/W
Typical power consumption 65W 65W

bus

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

details

Xeon E5-2430 v2  vs
E3-1220 v3 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 4
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

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
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 19,200 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 32,768 MB
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