Intel Core i5-3550 vs Xeon E3-1230 v2

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Intel Core i5-3550 advantages

  • Like many modern microprocessors, the Core i5-3550 includes Graphics Processing Unit. While this graphics is not powerful enough to run latest games at full resolution, it can be used for casual gaming and 3D apps.
  • Based on current official prices, the processor is 5% cheaper.

Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 advantages

  • The E3-1230 v2 features Hyper-Threading technology, which allows each CPU core to process two threads simultaneously.
  • The Intel E3-1230 v2 microprocessor is 10% more energy efficient.

i5-3550 vs E3-1230 v2 specifications comparison

The graphs below demonstrate the difference between Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 and Intel i5-3550 most important characteristics. These features, along with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a CPU performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of extra threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for additional frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
9
7.2
5.4
3.6
1.8
0
 
 
4
 
8
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
3.7GHz
 
3.7GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
10
8
6
4
2
0
 
 
7MB
 
9MB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
90
72
54
36
18
0
 
 
77W
 
69W
 
 
Lower is better
Current official price
300
240
180
120
60
0
 
 
$205
 
$215
 
 
Lower is better
 

  - Intel Core i5-3550       - Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2

Detailed side by side comparison of Intel i5-3550 vs Intel E3-1230 v2 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i5-3550 Xeon E3-1230 v2
General recommendations:
Has integrated HD 2500 GPU,
Less expensive
  General recommendations:
Can execute more threads at once,
Lower power

Drawbacks:

Executes fewer threads,
Needs somewhat more power
 

Drawbacks:

Does not have on-chip graphics,
Priced a bit higher

Similar processors

Core i5-3550 Xeon E3-1230 v2
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as Intel i5-3550 and Intel E3-1230 v2.

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i5-3550 and Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i5-3550Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2
Market segmentDesktopServer
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i5Xeon
Basic details
Model numberi5-3550E3-1230 v2
CPU part numberCM8063701093203
CM8063701093204
CM8063701098101
Box part numberBX80637I53550
BXC80637I53550
BX80637E31230V2
Introduction dateApril 23, 2012May 14, 2012
Current official price$205 (as of Mar 2014)$215 (as of Mar 2014)
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy BridgeIvy Bridge-H2
Platform name Carlow
MicroarchitectureIvy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket 1155
Frequency (MHz)3300
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3700 / 3700 / 3600 / 3500
Clock Multiplier33
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)1024
L3 cache (KB)61448192
TDP (Watt)7769
Cores4
Threads48
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Trusted Execution+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 2500None
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i5-3550" or "Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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