Intel Xeon E-2136 Benchmarks and Review

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Intel Xeon E 2100 CPU In Socket
Intel Xeon E 2100 CPU In Socket

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:

Intel Xeon E 2136 Lscpu
Intel Xeon E 2136 Lscpu

Test Configuration

Here is our basic configuration for this class of CPU:

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.

Supermicro X11SCA F With M.2 NVMe NVMe SSD RAM And Intel HSF
Supermicro X11SCA F With M.2 NVMe NVMe SSD RAM And Intel HSF

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.

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  1. Is the idle power consumption the total system idle power consumption with the mentioned config (Motherboard, CPU, RAM, SSD and SATADOM drive)?

  2. Appears the 33W idle/102W loaded is for the entire system. The author mentions an entire system can be powered within 1A on a 120V circuit with the stated numbers taken off a 208V PDU port.

  3. We actually test both 208V and 120V now since we have data centers close by with each. 208V for comparison to other rackmount servers. We usually use 120V for embedded comparisons and some of the lower-end tower servers. Power consumption is higher for 120V, but it will still fit in 1A colo.

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