Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 vs Intel Xeon E5-2696 v4

Compare Intel Xeon E5 v4 Family 14 core CPU vs Intel 22 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

76 %
28% slightly better overall score
59 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

68 %
106% significantly better gaming score
33 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

79 %
14% slightly better multitasking score
69 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

80 %
6% slightly better heavy workload score
75 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

41% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

7% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units

57% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

57% significantly more threads


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

120 W
20% slightly lower TDP
145 W

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

135th of 1,326
248th of 1,326


The product line

Xeon E5 v4 Family

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

February 2016

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Xeon E5-2680 v4 vs Xeon E5-2696 v4 comparison

In our benchmarks, the Xeon E5-2680 v4 beats the Xeon E5-2696 v4 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Xeon E5-2696 v4 in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that Xeon E5-2696 v4 has significantly more cores with 14 compared to the Xeon E5-2680 v4 that has 22. It also has more threads than the Xeon E5-2680 v4.

A Xeon E5-2680 v4 CPU outputs less heat than a Xeon E5-2696 v4 CPU because of its slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Xeon E5-2680 v4 over the Xeon E5-2696 v4.

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Use the table to the left to compare both the Xeon E5-2680 v4 and the Xeon E5-2696 v4, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

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 E5-2680 v4 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.


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