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Front view of Intel Xeon E7-4860

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Intel Xeon E7-4860

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Supports more RAM 2,097,152 MB vs 393,216 MB Supports more than 5.2x more RAM
Much 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 24 MB vs 20 MB 20% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 20 vs 16 4 more threads
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 2 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
More l2 cache per core 0.3 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 20% more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Xeon E5-2680

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Much higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.26 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2.67 GHz More than 30% higher turbo clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 85 °C vs 69 °C Around 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Mar, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date 11 months later

Features Key features of the Xeon E7-4860  vs E5-2680 

clock speed

Xeon E7-4860
2.26 GHz
Xeon E5-2680
2.7 GHz

turbo clock speed

Xeon E7-4860
2.67 GHz
Xeon E5-2680
3.5 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache


Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xeon E7-4860  vs
Clock speed 2.26 GHz 2.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.67 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Deca core Octa core
Socket type
LGA 1567
LGA 2011


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
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
Typical power consumption 105.63W 105.63W


Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 1 2
Data rate 25,600 MB/s 64,000 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 8,000 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 4,000 MHz


Xeon E7-4860  vs
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 20 16
L2 cache 3 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.3 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 24 MB 20 MB
L3 cache per core 2.4 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 4 2
Clock multiplier 17 35
Operating temperature Unknown - 69°C Unknown - 85°C

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
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 2,097,152 MB 393,216 MB
Intel Xeon E7-4860
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