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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2430L

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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
Lower typical power consumption 48.75W vs 65W 25% lower typical power consumption
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Lower annual commercial energy cost 52.56 $/year vs 70.08 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 14.45 $/year vs 19.27 $/year Around 25% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2420 v2

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.2 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Newer Jan, 2014 vs May, 2012 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2430L vs E5-2420 v2

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xeon E5-2430L  vs
E5-2420 v2 
Clock speed 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Hexa core Hexa core


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 60W 80W
Annual home energy cost 14.45 $/year 19.27 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 52.56 $/year 70.08 $/year
Performance per watt 2.89 pt/W 2.67 pt/W
Typical power consumption 48.75W 65W


Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 1 1
Data rate 28,800 MB/s 28,800 MB/s
Transfer rate 7,200 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
Clock speed 3,600 MHz 3,600 MHz


Xeon E5-2430L  vs
E5-2420 v2 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 12
L2 cache 2 MB 1.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB 15 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 2
Voltage range 0.6 - 1.35V 0.65 - 1.3V

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
Channels Triple Channel Triple Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 31,999.98 MB/s 19,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 393,216 MB
Intel Xeon E5-2430L
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