Intel Xeon E5-1660 v2 vs E5-2630 v3

General info

Comparing Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.96
 
2.43
Market segment
Server
 
Server
Architecture codename
Ivy Bridge EP
 
Haswell
Launch date
1 September 2013 (7 years ago)
 
1 July 2014 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,809
 
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Price now
$596 (0.3x MSRP)
 
$231

Technical specs

Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
6 (Hexa-Core)
 
8 (Octa-Core)
Threads
12
 
16
Base clock speed
3.7 GHz
 
2.4 GHz
Boost clock speed
4 GHz
 
3.2 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
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L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
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L3 cache
15 MB (shared)
 
20 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Chip lithography
22 nm
 
22 nm
Die size
160 mm2
 
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Maximum core temperature
70 °C
 
72 °C
Number of transistors
1,400 million
 
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64 bit support
+
 
+
VID voltage range
0.65–1.3V
 
0.65V–1.3V

Compatibility

Information on Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
2
Socket
FCLGA2011
 
FCLGA2011-3
Thermal design power (TDP)
130 Watt
 
85 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® AVX
 
Intel® AVX2
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
-
vPro
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
+
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+
Flex Memory Access
-
 
-
Demand Based Switching
+
 
+
PAE
46 Bit
 
46 Bit

Security technologies

Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
+
 
+
EDB
+
 
+
Secure Key
+
 
+
OS Guard
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3 are enumerated here.

VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR3-800, DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3-1866
 
DDR4-1600, DDR4-1866
Maximum memory size
256 GB
 
768 GB
Max memory channels
4
 
4
Maximum memory bandwidth
59.7 GB/s
 
59 GB/s
ECC memory support
+
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3.

PCIe version
3.0
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
40
 
40

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Xeon E5-1660 v2 11.69 +1.7%
Xeon E5-2630 v3 11.50

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Xeon E5-1660 v2 10262 +1.7%
Xeon E5-2630 v3 10090

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Both CPUs satisfy the 100% minimum and 99% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
99%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
99%

Advantages of Intel Xeon E5-1660 v2

1.7% better performance in benchmarks

AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions - a set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)

Advantages of Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3

Somewhat newer (1 July 2014 vs 1 September 2013)

Cheaper ($231 vs $596)

Lower power consumption (85W vs 130W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Xeon E5-1660 v2 and Xeon E5-2630 v3, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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