Gigabyte MB51-PS0 Performance
The Gigabyte MB51-PS0 utilizes an onboard quad-core, eigh thread Intel Xeon D-2123IT CPU. This is a significant step up from the previous generation Intel Xeon D-1500 series quad-core CPUs and is part of the Skylake series of Intel Xeon architectures. That means it has features such as AVX-512. More importantly, having the same instruction set at the edge allows you to live migrate workloads from a data center to an edge location and back easily. The other implication is that the new architecture is a significant performance improvement.
A benchmark we typically use for this is our Linux kernel compile benchmark. This touches a decent amount of the total system performance factors and is something many Linux admins and developers have the first-hand experience with.
Here the Intel Xeon D-2123IT performs well. Even with the same core count it is about 50% faster than the previous generation Intel Xeon D-1518 with the same core and thread count.
Here is a good example of non-QAT accelerated OpenSSL Verify tests on the same set of CPUs:
OpenSSL is a foundational web element and here the new architecture does not disappoint. It is also important to remember that these are big Xeon Scalable cores, not Atom cores. The per core performance blows the Intel Atom C3000 line away.
Gigabyte MB51-PS0 Power Consumption
In terms of power consumption, we wanted to give a view that shows the idle and maximum observed power consumption of the Gigabyte MB51-PS0 with the onboard Intel Xeon D-2123IT compared to other embedded solutions at 4 core and 16 core levels.
Here the Gigabyte MB51-PS0 is the set of bars represented by the Xeon D-2123IT. Here you can see that the new Xeon D-2100 series is tuned for higher performance but also higher power consumption than previous generation devices.
Overall, the Gigabyte MB51-PS0 is in a class to itself. It is a full ATX motherboard which means one can fit two double-width GPUs to the platform. The storage array is an impressive fourteen SATA III headers and both M.2 and U.2 (via Slim SAS) connectors. The Intel Xeon D-2123IT performs extremely well and uses the newest Intel Skylake cores to provide maximum performance. Using the larger form factor allows Gigabyte to maximize the use of the Xeon D-2123IT SoC with features such as providing a full 8 DDR4 DIMM slots to minimize RAM costs. While this is not a compact embedded motherboard, it offers a lot of value through exposing the underlying SoC’s capabilities better than any Xeon D-2123IT motherboard we have seen to date.