CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E7540 vs E3-1230 v2 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 Xeon E3-1230 v2 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2  based on its cost to run and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon E7540

Reasons to consider the
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Much more l3 cache 18 MB vs 8 MB 2.2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l3 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
More l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2

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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 2.27 GHz Around 65% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per watt 13.85 pt/W vs 0.54 pt/W Around 25.8x better performance per watt
Much better performance per dollar 4.25 pt/$ vs 0.03 pt/$ More than 154.2x better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 2.13 GHz More than 70% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly lower typical power consumption 56.06W vs 85.31W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.13 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 60.44 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 16.62 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 35% lower annual home energy cost
Newer May, 2012 vs Mar, 2010 Release date over 2 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon E7540 vs E3-1230 v2

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 E7540
86.5 MB/s
Xeon E3-1230 v2
2,450,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon E7540  vs
E3-1230 v2 
Clock speed 2 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.27 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1567
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
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 105W 69W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 16.62 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 60.44 $/year
Performance per watt 0.54 pt/W 13.85 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 56.06W

details

Xeon E7540  vs
E3-1230 v2 
Threads 12 8
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 18 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 3 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 8 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 64°C Unknown - 65.8°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.13 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.13 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.13 GHz 3.67 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

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 4 1
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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