Intel Core i3-8121U vs Intel Xeon E5-2650

Compare Intel 2 core CPU vs Intel Xeon E5 Family 8 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

30 %
36 %
20% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

51 %
21% slightly better gaming score
42 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

24 %
34 %
41% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

23 %
34 %
47% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

110% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

59% significantly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units

300% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

300% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
10% slightly higher clock speed
2 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

15 W
533% significantly lower TDP
95 W

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

597th of 1,327
497th of 1,327


The product line

Xeon E5 Family

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2018
February 2012

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i3-8121U vs Xeon E5-2650 specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Xeon E5-2650 is faster than the Core i3-8121U. Despite this, the Core i3-8121U has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

With info from our database, we find that the Xeon E5-2650 has significantly more cores with 8 cores whereas the Core i3-8121U has 2 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i3-8121U. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i3-8121U has a slightly higher clock speed than the Xeon E5-2650. A Core i3-8121U CPU outputs less heat than a Xeon E5-2650 CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. Indeed, the Core i3-8121U has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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