CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2697 v2 vs 4960X 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 4960X 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 4960X  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 better 3DMark06 CPU score 82.7 vs 78.4 More than 5% better 3DMark06 CPU score
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 more l3 cache 30 MB vs 15 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
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 65,536 MB Supports 12x more RAM
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Better PassMark score 17,812 vs 13,858 Around 30% better PassMark score
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 86 °C vs 66.8 °C Around 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better performance per watt 9.11 pt/W vs 7.85 pt/W More than 15% better performance per watt
Front view of Intel Core i7 4960X

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.49 GHz vs 3.11 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better performance per dollar 0.88 pt/$ vs 0.46 pt/$ More than 90% better performance per dollar
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,076 vs 1,685 Around 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.33 GHz vs 3.42 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2013 vs Jul, 2013 Release date 2 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5 2697 v2 vs Core i7 4960X

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 4960X
2,560,000 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 4960X 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Dodeca core Hexa core
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 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 9.11 pt/W 7.85 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 105.63W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 2 1
Data rate 64,000 MB/s 20,000 MB/s
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
Clock speed 4,000 MHz 2,500 MHz

details

Xeon E5 2697 v2  vs
Core i7 4960X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 24 12
L2 cache 3 MB 2 MB
L3 cache 30 MB 15 MB
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 86°C Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.11 GHz 4.49 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.42 GHz 4.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.11 GHz 4.49 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 59,733.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 786,432 MB 65,536 MB
Intel Xeon E5 2697 v2
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