Help Me Choose: Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 Product Family

The processor plays an important role in your server’s ability to support internal business applications and respond to external customers. Since processors are continually changing, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for your application. You want to balance these considerations such as cost and features with your expected performance needs when selecting a CPU. This guide will help you make the best decision.

The Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 Product Family is the successor to the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 Product Family.The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family offers more of everything that drives performance — more cores, more cache, more memory, more integration with more bandwidth across the platform to get your data where it needs to be faster than ever before.

Selecting the Processor that is Right for You

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family offers a range of processors that deliver the right blend of performance, price and features to match different computing needs:

Advanced: Highest functionality and optimal server ROI
Standard: Best mix of performance, value and advanced features
Basic: Cost-sensitive customers seeking basic features
Low power: Focused on energy efficiency with lowest power and best performance per watt
Segment optimized: Ideal for High-performance Computing (HPC) and Technical Computing with the highest frequency processor offering

 Processor NumberCores/CacheFrequency


 E5-2690 v210/25M 3.0GHz
E5-2680 v210/25M 2.8GHz
E5-2670 v2 10/25M2.5GHz
E5-2660 v2 10/25M 2.2GHz
E5-2650 v2 8/20M 2.6GHz
StandardE5-2640 v28/20M 2.0GHz
E5-2630 v26/15M 2.6GHz
E5-2620 v2 6/15M 2.1GHz
Basic E5-2609 v2 4/10M2.5GHz
 E5-2603 v2 4/10M1.8GHz
Low Power E5-2650L v28/25M1.7GHz
 E5-2630L v26/15M2.4GHz
Segment OptimizedE5-2697 v212/30M2.7GHz
E5-2695 v212/30M 2.4GHz 
E5-2667 v28/25M  3.3GHz
E5-2643 v26/25M 3.5GHz
E5-2637 v24/15M 3.5GHz

Read the Features and Benefits tab for specific details about Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family. Note that moving between bands can yield significant performance gains. For example, moving from a “standard” series part (Xeon E5-2640 v2) to an “advanced” series part (Xeon E5-2650 v2) can achieve up to 26 percent higher on an integer-based throughput workload (SPECint_rate_base2006).

This tab lists the main features and benefits of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product family.

In order to maximize both memory capacity and PCI throughput of the server system, a 2-processor configuration is recommended. Limiting your configuration to 1 processor will reduce the number of memory channels and PCIe I/O (input/output) lanes resulting in limited performance and expansion capabilities of your server system. For more information on your server hardware memory and PCIe I/O capabilities, refer to the system specifications provided on the product page.

Core & Count
  • Up to 12 cores and 24 threads per socket
  • Ideal for virtualized data centers and public/private cloud deployments
  • Frequency
  • Up to 2.7GHz with 12 cores and 3.0GHz with 10 cores
  • Higher core frequencies deliver better performance ensuring your server can handle increased demands in the future
  • Memory & Cache
  • Up to 30MB of last-level cache for fast access to frequently used data
  • Up to 24 DIMMs per two-socket server to support multiple data-hungry Virtual Machines
  • Faster maximum memory speeds (1866MT/s) vs. the previous generation (1600MT/s)
  • NOTE: Using faster DDR3 memory may decrease the total amount of system memory that can be populated running at the DIMM rated speed . Three DIMMs per channel memory configurations will clock down, regardless of memory rated speed
  • Integrated I/O with Intel DDIO
  • Intel Integrated I/O provides up to 80 PCIe lanes per two-socket server, reduces latency by up to 30 percent and supports the PCIe 3.0 specification, improving bandwidth by as much as 2 times over PCIe 2.0
  • Intel Data Direct I/O provides up to 2.3x higher I/O performance by transmitting data directly from storage to cache.
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Provides more and higher performance boosts and improved efficiency vs. the previous generation
  • Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
  • Accelerates vector and floating point computations by increasing maximum vector size from 128 to 256 bits
  • Provides up to 2x performance boost for floating point operations, which can significantly increase performance for high performance computing (HPC) applications
  • Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT)
  • Intel TXT lets IT establish trusted pools of virtualized resources for stronger security in virtual and cloud environments
  • Intel Advanced Encryption Standards
  • New instructions (Intel AES-NI) enables pervasive encryption with fast application response times
  • Intel Secure Key & Intel OS Guard 
  • Deliver faster and more secure encryption
  • Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller virtualization (APICv) 
  • Improves virtualization performance by reducing virtual machine (VM) exits, thereby reducing overhead required to service every APIC interrupt 
  • This chart will help you compare the different processor model offerings available as part of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product family

    Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product family specifications

    Processor NumberCPU FrequencyIntel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology*Intel® HT TechnologyL3 CacheNumber of CoresPowerIntel® QPI Link speedDDR3 Max Memory SpeedRelative SPEC_int_rate Performance


    E5-2690 v23.0GHzUp to 3.6GHzyes25MB 10130W 8.0 GT/s1866MT/s864
    E5-2680 v2 2.8GHzUp to 3.6GHzyes25MB10 115W8.0 GT/s1866MT/s825
    E5-2670 v2 2.5GHzUp to 3.3GHzyes25MB 10 115W8.0 GT/s1866MT/s784
    E5-2660 v2 2.2GHzUp to 3.0GHzyes25MB 1095W8.0 GT/s1866MT/s717
    E5-2650 v2 2.6GHzUp to 3.4GHzyes20MB 895W 8.0 GT/s1866MT/s658


    E5-2640 v2 2.0 GHzUp to 2.5GHzyes20MB 895W 7.2 GT/s1600MT/s 521
    E5-2630 v2 2.6GHzUp to 3.1GHzyes15MB 680W 7.2 GT/s1600MT/s484
    E5-2620 v2 2.1GHzUp to 2.6GHzyes15MB 680W 7.2 GT/s1600MT/s 413
    E5-2609 v2 2.5GHz-no10MB 480W6.4 GT/s1333MT/s239
    E5-2603 v2 1.8GHz-no10MB 480W6.4 GT/s1333MT/s 178
    Low Power
     E5-2650L v2 1.7GHzUp to 2.1GHzyes25MB 1060W8.0 GT/s1600MT/s 543
     E5-2630L v2 2.4GHzUp to 2.8GHzyes15MB 660W7.2 GT/s1600MT/s 442
    Segment Optimized
    E5-2697 v2 2.7GHzUp to 3.5GHzyes 30MB 12130W8.0 GT/s1866MT/s 933
    E5-2695 v2 2.4GHzUp to 3.2GHzyes 30MB12130W8.0 GT/s1866MT/s 886
    E5-2667 v2 3.3GHzUp to 4.0GHzyes25MB 8130W8.0 GT/s1866MT/s777
    E5-2643 v23.5GHz Up to 3.8GHz  -25MB 6130W 8.0 GT/s  1866MT/s 610
     E5-2637 v23.5GHz Up to 3.8GHz 15MB  4 130W8.0 GT/s 1866MT/s 412