Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 vs E5-2660 v4

General info

Comparing Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Value for money (0-100)
2.45
 
5.17
Market segment
Server
 
Server
Series
Intel Xeon (Desktop)
 
Intel Xeon E5
Architecture codename
Ivy Bridge EP
 
Broadwell
Launch date
1 September 2013 (7 years ago)
 
20 June 2016 (5 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,723
 
$1,445
Price now
$513 (0.3x MSRP)
 
$247 (0.2x MSRP)

Technical specs

Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4 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
12 (Dodeca-Core)
 
14 (Tetradeca-Core)
Threads
24
 
28
Base clock speed
2.7 GHz
 
2 GHz
Boost clock speed
3.5 GHz
 
3.2 GHz
Bus support
8GT/s
 
2 × 9.6 GT/s
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
no data
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
3.5 MB
L3 cache
30 MB (shared)
 
35 MB
Chip lithography
22 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
160 mm2
 
306.18 mm2
Maximum core temperature
86 °C
 
79 °C
Number of transistors
1,400 million
 
4700 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+
VID voltage range
0.65–1.3V
 
no data

Compatibility

Information on Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4 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
2
 
2
Socket
FCLGA2011
 
FCLGA2011-3
Thermal design power (TDP)
130 Watt
 
105 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4. 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
+
 
+
TSX
-
 
+
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+
Flex Memory Access
-
 
-
Demand Based Switching
+
 
+
PAE
46 Bit
 
46 Bit

Security technologies

Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4 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 E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4 are enumerated here.

VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4. 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, DDR4-2133, DDR4-2400
Maximum memory size
768 GB
 
1,536 GB
Max memory channels
4
 
4
Maximum memory bandwidth
59.7 GB/s
 
76.8 GB/s
ECC memory support
+
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4.

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 E5-2697 v2 16.09
Xeon E5-2660 v4 16.34 +1.6%

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 E5-2697 v2 14124
Xeon E5-2660 v4 14342 +1.5%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

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

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4 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 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

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

Advantages of Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2

Higher boost clock speed (3500 vs 2000 MHz)

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

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

Advantages of Intel Xeon E5-2660 v4

1.6% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (20 June 2016 vs 1 September 2013)

Cheaper ($247 vs $513)

Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 22 nm)

Lower power consumption (105W vs 130W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2 - an extension to AVX, the set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)

vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)

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So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Intel Xeon E5-2660 v4. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2660 v4, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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