Intel Xeon E5-2680: specs and benchmarks

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Intel Xeon E5-2680
Intel Xeon E5-2680
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Year of release 2012
Performance 10.63
Processor Technical data and tests
Intel Xeon E5-2680
Intel Xeon E5-2680 Intel Xeon E5-2680


Intel started Intel Xeon E5-2680 sales 6 March 2012 at a recommended price of $1,723. This is Sandy Bridge EP architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 8 cores and 16 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3500 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA2011 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt and a maximum temperature of °C. It supports DDR3 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at


percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of Xeon E5-2680 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating555
Value for money19.21
Market segmentServer
SeriesXeon (Desktop)
Architecture codenameSandy Bridge EP
Release date6 March 2012 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,723of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$133 (0.1x MSRP)of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)
Value for money

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Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores8 (Octa-Core)
Base clock speed2.7 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.5 GHzof 5.3 (Core i9-10900KF)
Bus support8GT/s
L1 cache64K (per core)of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache256K (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache20 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography32 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size435 mm2
Maximum core temperature85 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors2,270 millionof 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support+
Unlocked multiplier-
VID voltage range0.6V-1.35V


Information on Xeon E5-2680 compatibility with other computer components and devices: 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 configuration2of 8 (Opteron 842)
Thermal design power (TDP)130 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Xeon E5-2680. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® AVX
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access-
Demand Based Switching+

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

Identity Protection-

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.


Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Xeon E5-2680's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size384 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels4of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth51.2 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support+


Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0
PCI Express lanes40of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Xeon E5-2680. Overall benchmark performance 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 E5-2680 10.63
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • TrueCrypt AES
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • Passmark

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Xeon E5-2680 4118

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Xeon E5-2680 7924

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

Xeon E5-2680 0.3

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Xeon E5-2680 12

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

Xeon E5-2680 1.26

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Xeon E5-2680 26801

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 E5-2680 9327

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Xeon E5-2680 is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 59
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 78
Battlefield 5 115
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 133
Cyberpunk 2077 64
Far Cry 5 91
Far Cry New Dawn 89
Forza Horizon 4 108
Horizon Zero Dawn 84
Red Dead Redemption 2 91
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 84
Watch Dogs: Legion 77

High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 52
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 68
Battlefield 5 112
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 110
Cyberpunk 2077 53
Far Cry 5 117
Far Cry New Dawn 85
Forza Horizon 4 106
Horizon Zero Dawn 68
Metro Exodus 73
Red Dead Redemption 2 51
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 83
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 142
Watch Dogs: Legion 68

Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 53
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 59
Battlefield 5 102
Cyberpunk 2077 46
Far Cry 5 108
Far Cry New Dawn 77
Forza Horizon 4 102
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 74
Watch Dogs: Legion 51

High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 74
Horizon Zero Dawn 49
Metro Exodus 44
Red Dead Redemption 2 32
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 62

Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 42
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 46
Battlefield 5 86
Cyberpunk 2077 28
Far Cry 5 74
Far Cry New Dawn 74
Forza Horizon 4 87
Watch Dogs: Legion 37

High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40
Horizon Zero Dawn 28
Metro Exodus 27
Red Dead Redemption 2 20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 31
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 51

Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 31
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27
Battlefield 5 52
Cyberpunk 2077 11
Far Cry 5 40
Far Cry New Dawn 45
Forza Horizon 4 61
Watch Dogs: Legion 21

Relative perfomance

Overall Xeon E5-2680 performance compared to nearest competitors among server CPUs.

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User rating

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