CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2697 v2 vs 3930K 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

5.8

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 3930K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 3930K  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 2697 v2

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Much more l3 cache 30 MB vs 12 MB 2.5x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly more l2 cache 3 MB vs 2 MB 50% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 105.63W vs 172.6W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More threads 24 vs 12 Twice as many threads
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Supports more RAM 786,432 MB vs 65,771.52 MB Supports around 12x more RAM
Significantly better PassMark score 17,812 vs 12,084 More than 45% better PassMark score
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better performance per watt 9.11 pt/W vs 5.5 pt/W More than 65% better performance per watt
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 86 °C vs 66.8 °C Around 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 56.96 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year vs 177.83 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Nov, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of Intel Core i7 3930K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much better performance per dollar 2.45 pt/$ vs 0.46 pt/$ More than 5.2x better performance per dollar
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.67 GHz vs 3.11 GHz More than 50% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,949 vs 1,685 More than 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.67 GHz vs 3.42 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5 2697 v2 vs Core i7 3930K

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 2697 v2
2,320,000 MB/s
Core i7 3930K
2,430,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5 2697 v2  vs
Core i7 3930K 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Dodeca core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 2011
Is unlocked No Yes

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 130W 130W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 56.96 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 177.83 $/year
Performance per watt 9.11 pt/W 5.5 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 172.6W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 2 1
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Xeon E5 2697 v2  vs
Core i7 3930K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 24 12
L2 cache 3 MB 2 MB
L3 cache 30 MB 12 MB
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Clock multiplier 27 32
Operating temperature Unknown - 86°C Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.11 GHz 4.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.42 GHz 4.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.11 GHz 4.67 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
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 59,733.32 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 786,432 MB 65,771.52 MB
Intel Xeon E5 2697 v2
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