CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2603 v2 vs 2100 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

7.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 2100 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 2100  based on its single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E5 2603 v2

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5 2603 v2

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More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More l3 cache 10 MB vs 3 MB More than 3.2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 65W vs 98.28W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
Supports more RAM 786,432 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 24x more RAM
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core More than 65% more l3 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 37.88 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 93.47 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Much higher clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 70% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per dollar 1.14 pt/$ vs 0.65 pt/$ More than 75% better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.23 GHz vs 1.83 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 983 More than 60% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.23 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 80% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5 2603 v2 vs Core i3 2100

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5 2603 v2  vs
Core i3 2100 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 2011
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No

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 80W 65W
Annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year 37.88 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year 93.47 $/year
Performance per watt 1.65 pt/W 1.41 pt/W
Typical power consumption 65W 98.28W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 2 1
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5 2603 v2  vs
Core i3 2100 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 10 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 18 31
Operating temperature Unknown - 71°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.83 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.83 GHz 3.23 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Quad Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 786,432 MB 32,768 MB
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