CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E5-2690 vs E3-1220 v5 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

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Intel Xeon E5-2690

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Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2690

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2690

Reasons to consider the
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Significantly more l3 cache 20 MB vs 8 MB 2.5x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
More threads 16 vs 4 12 more threads
Significantly better PassMark score 14,178 vs 7,691 Around 85% better PassMark score
More cores 8 vs 4 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Significantly better performance per watt 7.64 pt/W vs 3.35 pt/W More than 2.2x better performance per watt
Supports more RAM 393,216 MB vs 65,536 MB Supports 6x more RAM
More l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 25% more l3 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 65W vs 109.69W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per dollar 1.28 pt/$ vs 0.49 pt/$ More than 2.5x better performance per dollar
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.53 GHz vs 3.53 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Oct, 2015 vs Mar, 2012 Release date over 3 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 32.52 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 70.08 $/year vs 118.26 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2690 vs E3-1220 v5

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-2690  vs
E3-1220 v5 
Clock speed 2.9 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Octa 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
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 135W 80W
Annual home energy cost 32.52 $/year 19.27 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 118.26 $/year 70.08 $/year
Performance per watt 7.64 pt/W 3.35 pt/W
Typical power consumption 109.69W 65W

bus

Architecture QPI FSB
Number of links 2 1
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 8,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5-2690  vs
E3-1220 v5 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 16 4
L3 cache 20 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Voltage range 0.6 - 1.35V 0.55 - 1.52V

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.53 GHz 4.53 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.53 GHz 4.53 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
DDR3L-1333
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Quad Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 51,200 MB/s 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 393,216 MB 65,536 MB
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