CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E5-2699 v3 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

5.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 5960X 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3

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Much more l3 cache 45 MB vs 20 MB 2.2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 18 vs 8 10 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 36 vs 16 20 more threads
Significantly better PassMark score 22,645 vs 15,994 More than 40% better PassMark score
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
Significantly better performance per watt 10.09 pt/W vs 7.19 pt/W More than 40% better performance per watt
Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

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Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 0.99 pt/$ vs 0.36 pt/$ More than 2.8x better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 2.84 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly lower typical power consumption 113.75W vs 117.81W Around 5% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 3.17 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly lower annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year vs 34.93 $/year Around 5% lower annual home energy cost
Slightly lower annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year vs 127.02 $/year Around 5% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E5-2699 v3 vs Core i7 5960X

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 E5-2699 v3
2,980,000 MB/s
Core i7 5960X
4,120,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E5-2699 v3  vs
Core i7 5960X 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Processing Cores 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
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 145W 140W
Annual home energy cost 34.93 $/year 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 127.02 $/year 122.64 $/year
Performance per watt 10.09 pt/W 7.19 pt/W
Typical power consumption 117.81W 113.75W

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 2 0
Transfer rate 9,600 MT/s 0 MT/s
Clock speed 4,800 MHz 0 MHz

details

Xeon E5-2699 v3  vs
Core i7 5960X 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 36 16
L3 cache 45 MB 20 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 2 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.84 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.17 GHz 4.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.84 GHz 4.47 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
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 6,400 MB/s 6,400 MB/s
Maximum memory size 786,432 MB 65,536 MB
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Comments

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is gaming used in as single core processing or is it using multi cores? The answer to this question will determine which one to buy. I believe I would be better off with the Xeon.. What do you think?
Bloody hell, these two beasts are awesome, imagine have these babies running in two custom made desktops.
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