Intel Xeon E5-2686 V3 vs E5-2696 V3

Price now 117$
Games supported 100%
Intel Xeon E5-2696 V3
Intel Xeon E5-2696 V3
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Intel Xeon E5-2686 V3
Intel Xeon E5-2686 V3
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Price now no data
Games supported 100%

General info

Comparing Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 V3 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating277432
Market segmentServerServer
Architecture codenameHaswell-EP (2014)Haswell-EP (2014)
Release dateno datano data
Current price$117 no data

Technical specs

Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 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 cores18 (Octadeca-Core)18 (Octadeca-Core)
Base clock speed2.3 GHz2 GHz
Boost clock speed3.8 GHz3.5 GHz
L1 cache64K (per core)64K (per core)
L2 cache256K (per core)256K (per core)
L3 cache45 MB (shared)45 MB (shared)
Chip lithography22 nm22 nm
Die size356 mm2356 mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)77 °C83 °C
Number of transistors2,600 million2,600 million
64 bit support++
Unlocked multiplier--


Information on Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 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 configuration22
Thermal design power (TDP)145 Watt120 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 V3. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)++

Security technologies

Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 V3 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.


Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 V3 are enumerated here.


Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 V3. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3, DDR42133 MHz Quad-channelDDR3, DDR42133 MHz Quad-channel


Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 V3.

PCIe version3.03.0

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 E5-2696 V3 18.50
Xeon E5-2686 V3 14.40
  • 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.

Benchmark coverage: 67%

Xeon E5-2696 V3 23321
Xeon E5-2686 V3 18148

Xeon E5-2696 V3 outperforms Xeon E5-2686 V3 by 29% in Passmark.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Xeon E5-2696 V3 and Xeon E5-2686 V3. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 150 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 18.50 14.40
Boost clock speed 3800 3500
Base clock speed 2300 0
Thermal design power (TDP) 145 Watt 120 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

Intel Xeon E5-2696 V3
Xeon E5-2696 V3

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