Intel Xeon E5-1620 v2 vs Intel Xeon E5-2660 v2

Compare Intel Xeon E5 v2 Family 4 core CPU vs Intel Xeon E5 v2 Family 10 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

28 %
40 %
42% much better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

43 %
30% slightly better gaming score
33 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

23 %
42 %
82% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

23 %
43 %
86% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

56% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

35% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units

150% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

150% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
68% significantly higher clock speed
2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
30% slightly higher turbo speed
3 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

130 W
95 W
36% slightly lower TDP

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots


Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

256 GiB
768 GiB
200% significantly more supported memory

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

640th of 1,337
450th of 1,337


The product line

Xeon E5 v2 Family
Xeon E5 v2 Family

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2013
August 2013

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Xeon E5-1620 v2 vs Xeon E5-2660 v2 benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Xeon E5-2660 v2 beats the Xeon E5-1620 v2 in overall performance. Despite this, the Xeon E5-1620 v2 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Xeon E5-2660 v2 has significantly more cores than the Xeon E5-1620 v2. Indeed, the Xeon E5-2660 v2 has 10 cores compared to 4 cores found in the Xeon E5-1620 v2. It also has more threads than the Xeon E5-1620 v2. Our comparison shows that the Xeon E5-1620 v2 has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Xeon E5-2660 v2. Also, the Xeon E5-1620 v2 has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Xeon E5-2660 v2 outputs less heat than Xeon E5-1620 v2 thanks to a slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Xeon E5-1620 v2 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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