CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E5-2670 vs 5960X 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

5.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 5960X 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 5960X  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2670

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5-2670

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Much better performance per dollar 5.2 pt/$ vs 1.03 pt/$ More than 5x better performance per dollar
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Lower typical power consumption 93.44W vs 113.75W Around 20% lower typical power consumption
Supports more RAM 393,216 MB vs 65,536 MB Supports 6x more RAM
Lower annual home energy cost 27.7 $/year vs 33.73 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 100.74 $/year vs 122.64 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 5960X

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Newer Jul, 2014 vs Mar, 2012 Release date over 2 years later
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,994 vs 1,590 More than 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 26,400 vs 14,255 More than 85% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.45 GHz vs 3.14 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 3.13 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2670 vs Core i7 5960X

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2670
14,255
Core i7 5960X
26,400

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2670
1,740,000 MB/s
Core i7 5960X
4,120,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2670
22,189
Core i7 5960X
27,898

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon E5-2670
15,347
Core i7 5960X
30,382

GeekBench

Xeon E5-2670
22,189
Core i7 5960X
30,382

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon E5-2670
12,270
Core i7 5960X
15,994

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-2670  vs
Core i7 5960X 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Octa core Octa core

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
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 115W 140W
Annual home energy cost 27.7 $/year 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 100.74 $/year 122.64 $/year
Performance per watt 7.32 pt/W 7.2 pt/W
Typical power consumption 93.44W 113.75W

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 2 0
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 0 MT/s
Clock speed 4,000 MHz 0 MHz

details

Xeon E5-2670  vs
Core i7 5960X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 16 16
L3 cache 20 MB 20 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.14 GHz 4.45 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.13 GHz 4.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.14 GHz 4.45 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
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 51,200 MB/s 6,400 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 65,536 MB
Intel Xeon E5-2670
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