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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3

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Much more l3 cache 30 MB vs 6 MB 5x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 12 vs 4 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 24 vs 8 Three times as many threads
Much better PassMark score 19,320 vs 9,770 Around 2x better PassMark score
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core More than 65% more l3 cache per core
Newer Jul, 2014 vs Oct, 2013 Release date 9 months later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Much lower typical power consumption 38.19W vs 109.69W 2.9x lower typical power consumption
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per watt 26.92 pt/W vs 10.63 pt/W More than 2.5x better performance per watt
Much better performance per dollar 2.03 pt/$ vs 0.62 pt/$ More than 3.2x better performance per dollar
Higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year vs 32.52 $/year 2.9x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year vs 118.26 $/year 2.9x lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 3.13 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 89.9 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,169 vs 1,961 More than 10% better PassMark (Single core) score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2690 v3 vs Core i7 4960HQ

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 E5-2690 v3
2,865,000 MB/s
Core i7 4960HQ
4,550,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-2690 v3  vs
Core i7 4960HQ 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Duodeca core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 135W 47W
Annual home energy cost 32.52 $/year 11.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 118.26 $/year 41.17 $/year
Performance per watt 10.63 pt/W 26.92 pt/W
Typical power consumption 109.69W 38.19W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 2 1
Transfer rate 9,600 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5-2690 v3  vs
Core i7 4960HQ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 24 8
L3 cache 30 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 89.9°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.13 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.13 GHz 3.67 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A HD 5200
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 200 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,300 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3L-1333
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 6,400 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3
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