The Intel Xeon E-2136 is a really interesting part as we will discuss in our review. One could make the argument that it is either the best or the worst value in the Intel Xeon E-2100 line. That fine distinction hinges on a single feature: the Intel iGPU. For those who want an integrated GPU, the Intel Xeon E-2136 is one of the few new Intel Xeon E-2100 series processors that does not come with an iGPU. On the other hand, de-featuring the GPU and losing some paltry base clock speed means that the Intel Xeon E-2136 is also the least expensive 6 core/ 12 thread Intel Xeon E-2100 series part on the market today. Let us get on to the review so we can explore the value proposition of this processor.
Key stats for the Intel Xeon E-2136: 6 cores / 12 threads and 3.3GHz base clock and 4.5GHz turbo boost with 12MB cache. The CPU features an 80W TDP. This is a $284 list price part which is very reasonable for this level of performance in today’s market. Here is the ARK page with the feature set.
Here is what the lscpu output looks like for the chips so you can see the feature flags:
Here is our basic configuration for this class of CPU:
- Motherboard: Supemicro X11SCA-F
- CPU: Intel Xeon E-2136
- RAM: 4x 8GB DDR4-2400 ECC UDIMMs
- SSD: Intel DC S3710 400GB
- SATADOM: Supermicro 32GB SATADOM
The CPU itself supports up to 64GB of RAM, in a 4x 16GB configuration, today. Intel specs say that as 32GB ECC UDIMM modules become available, the CPUs will support 128GB in 4x32GB configurations. We see these platforms using 32GB or less given cost sensitivities.
There are going to be folks who want to point to AMD alternatives. As of this writing, there are really no alternatives in this space because while AMD may have competitive CPU parts, vendors have a vibrant Intel Xeon E-2100/ Core i3 ecosystem. AMD needs to do some work here to catch up, but it is not a focus market for them. Single socket servers in this segment are a relatively low volume area.
Next, we are going to take a look at our Intel Xeon E-2136 benchmarks, we are then going to focus on power consumption then conclude with our final words on the processors.