Intel Xeon E5-2400 and E5-2600 Series Processor Comparison with List Prices

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Posted February 7, 2012 by Patrick Kennedy in Servers

Intel will be launching the Xeon E5 series in the near future. The Xeon E5-1600 series CPUs are single socket only with three parts that look like their Core i7 desktop counterparts and have either four our six cores plus Hyper Threading. The high-end will be taken by the Xeon E5-4600 series, with the ‘4’ denoting that the CPUs will be four socket capable. Probably the sweet spot for most readers on this site will be the Xeon E5-2400 and E5-2600 series. These CPUs will be both single and dual socket capable with the E5-2400 series having only one QPI link and three memory channels per LGA 1356 socket. The slightly higher-end here is the Xeon E5-2600 series which will utilize the LGA 2011 socket and therefore four memory channels per socket (one can see this in the X79 consumer platforms today.)

After taking a look at a LGA 2011 3.1GHz Xeon E5-2600 part from a benchmark and performance standpoint, and coming away impressed, I decided to put together a table that highlights the entire 2P capable Xeon E5-2400 and Xeon E5-2600 lines.

Intel Xeon E5-2400 and E5-2600 Series CPU Comparison

Intel Xeon E5-2400 and E5-2600 Series CPU Comparison

One can see a few things here. First Intel has created several points of parity between LGA1356 and LGA2011 Xeon E5 CPUs. Examples are the Xeon E5-2403 and E5-2603 where there is a $10 premium for the LGA 2011 platform. Others include the E5-2420 and E5-2620 with the E5-2620 gaining 100MHz, the LGA 2011 socket and a $18 price bump. The low power chips of the E5-2430L and the E5-2630L have the same specs and the same list price save the socket. Finally the E5-2470 and E5-2665 both hit the $1,440 price point with the LGA 2011 part posting a 100MHz bump for the same price. Overall, at these parity points, Intel does give one slightly more for the money on the LGA 2011 platform.

Another aspect I looked at was a simple calculation of Price/ (Cores * GHz) and Price/ (HT Cores * GHz). Of the two, I think that Price/ (Cores * GHz) is going to be more informative because applications tend to scale in performance with physical cores. If one were comparing the HT core number (possibly for a logical core/ Opteron 6200 series comparison), they should look at an application profile, and then assign an uplift for HT performance (if it exists in the application.) With that being said, I highlighted the below average Price/ (Cores * GHz) numbers above. One must remember that enterprise applications are often priced per socket or per server, and by having more processing power in a server, if one can consolidate more application onto the box, there is a cost avoidance of purchasing additional hardware and software. As a result, Intel is reflecting this in their pricing by charging a premium for extra performance, although the E5-2667 seems a bit off the curve.

I will say that I am a bit bummed that Intel has continued to handicap the sub-$300 CPU market. These CPUs are of little use to a consumer from a price/ performance standpoint, but I think Intel could have at minimum made them four core plus Hyper-Threading in this generation. The Xeon E5-2637 seems exceedingly overpriced for a 2C/4T/5MB part since it is basically a Core i3-2100 CPU performance wise.

 


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Patrick Kennedy

Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

11 Comments


  1.  
    PigLover

    You’ve got a typo in your title that had me confused for a bit…didn’t know what the E5-2500 series was, thought you were getting a scoop out. Oh well. Its still good info!




  2.  

    No big scoop, I do a lot of pricing consulting so always interesting to see pricing strategies. I saw the typo just after hitting publish and corrected a few seconds thereafter (but it may have gotten cached with the typo for a few minutes.) Thanks PL!




  3.  
    anon

    the E5-2637 is likely targeted at MS SQL or oracle deployments.

    Intel/Oracle are starting to heard toward a per core licensing scheme on these products, and with the software being so costly, Intel flatly CAN charge this premium for these parts.




  4.  

    I think you have a typo somewhere in the table with respect to the 2670 2667 the 2667 is faster but the same price yet has a higher price/core*ghz.




  5.  

    Lyle, the Xeon E5-2667 is a higher clocked 130w, 6 core 12 thread 15MB part while the X5-2670 is a lower clocked 115w 8 core 16 thread 20MB part.




  6.  
    MySchizoBuddy

    You should also look at performance per watt. performance could be Core*GHz*L3Cache to give an idea of how green the the particular chip is?




  7.  
    Niklas

    Great table, epecially the price/(core*freq)! Made choosing cpu a lot easier!




  8.  
    Gavin Hamill

    Great table – any chance of refreshing it since it’s now 15 months old?





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