Intel Xeon E5-2697A v4 vs E5-2697 v3

General info

Comparing Xeon E5-2697A v4 and Xeon E5-2697 v3 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Market segment
Intel Xeon E5
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Architecture codename
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Release date
20 June 2016 (5 years ago)
1 July 2014 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
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Price now
$1497 (0.5x MSRP)

Technical specs

Xeon E5-2697A v4 and Xeon E5-2697 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
16 (Hexadeca-Core)
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Boost clock speed
2.6 GHz
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Bus support
2 × 9.6 GT/s
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L2 cache
4 MB
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L3 cache
40 MB
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Chip lithography
14 nm
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Die size
456.12 mm2
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Number of transistors
7200 Million
5,560 million
64 bit support


Information on Xeon E5-2697A v4 and Xeon E5-2697 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
2 (Multiprocessor)
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Thermal design power (TDP)
145 Watt
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Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Xeon E5-2697A v4 and Xeon E5-2697 v3. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

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Security technologies

Xeon E5-2697A v4 and Xeon E5-2697 v3 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Xeon E5-2697A v4 and Xeon E5-2697 v3. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Maximum memory size
1,536 GB
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Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Xeon E5-2697A v4 and Xeon E5-2697 v3.

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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 E5-2697A v4 24.39 +12.7%
Xeon E5-2697 v3 21.65


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 E5-2697A v4 21402 +12.6%
Xeon E5-2697 v3 19004

Gaming performance

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


Advantages of Intel Xeon E5-2697A v4

12.7% higher performance in benchmarks

Much newer (20 June 2016 vs 1 July 2014)

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

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)

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

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

AES-NI save

Advantages of Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3

Cheaper ($289 vs $1497)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends Intel Xeon E5-2697A v4.

Should you still have questions on choice between Xeon E5-2697A v4 and Xeon E5-2697 v3, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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