22 Cores, 44 Threads, Support For Up To 384GB Of RAM – Meet Xeon E5-2600 V4

Intel, without a doubt, holds the throne among server processors. And, if we are being honest, they are the rulers of both premium and middle segments of mainstream consumer CPU market (CPU’s for the masses) with their i5 and i7 series. AMD still hasn’t recovered from the blow they took 10 years ago when Intel’s Core architecture was first released to the public. And now they can only take a slice of the cake in the entry-level segment where Intel’s i3 series is just too expensive to justify its feebler performance in comparison to similarly priced CPU’s from AMD’s FX series and the lack of a dedicated graphics chip present in AMD’s A-series. That said, the guys at AMD will probably be concerned to hear that Intel has revealed a new generation of their Xeon server CPU line, a beast of a CPU with numbers that’ll make hairs on the back of your neck stand up and leave you wondering will AMD really gain anything with its upcoming “Zen” core design, targeted to arrive at the end of this year.


There is just too much good stuff (well, except the price) packed in the new Xeon E5 series to still believe that the new Zen core design from AMD will change anything. The biggest change is that new Xeon is made in the 14nm production process which will further reduce its TDP rating; this means that now the entire Xeon series is based on Broadwell architecture, finally replacing (a bit outdated) Haswell architecture. TDP rating of the new Xeon E5-2600 V4 is 145W, a great number if we account a number of cores packed in the CPU. And that number is 22; yeah, 22 cores along with Hyper-Threading mean 44 threads that can go up to 88 if you use 2-socket workstation. But, professionals that usually use Xeons will not gain much with the new 22-core Xeon because the real utilization of this beast can only be achieved in data centers unless you are an evil genius making some kind of doomsday program where 44 threads per one CPU might bring some time savings.

The amount of supported RAM also is something that should make guys at Intel be proud of. Intel claims that new Xeon supports DDR4/2400 with up to 12 DIMMs per socket. Simple calculation (32GB DIMM times 12) gives us maximum capacity of 384GB of RAM, enough working memory for almost everything, and another proof that Xeon E5-2600 V4 is made to be used primarily in data centers. The actual clock speed is not yet revealed but Xeon E5-2699 v4, the only other Xeon E5 v4 CPU with 22 cores is clocked at 2.2GHz, still a nice speed that keeps TDP under 150W. The price, on the other hand, is not so fantastic. It should be around $4,115, which means that buying one will cost you four times more than buying the most powerful i7 CPU (5690X that cost around $1,050).

All in all, it seems that new Xeon model, and new Xeon generation, will just further secure Intel’s throne when it comes to server CPU market.

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