At Computex 2019 today, Intel released 14 new entry-level Xeon SKUs in the Intel Xeon E-2200 line. This is largely a refresh of the original Intel Xeon E-2100 series launched last year marking a less than one year refresh cycle. At STH we have had comprehensive coverage of the Intel Xeon E-2100 series and have a placeholder for all of our coverage in Intel Xeon E-2100 and Xeon E-2200 Coverage from STH Your Guide. Keep that bookmarked to see our coverage of the segment.
Intel Xeon E-2200 Platform
The Intel Xeon E-2200 series is socket compatible with the Intel Xeon E-2100 series. That means it has a similar feature set including PCIe Gen3 support, and PCH functions like USB 3.1 and SATA III ports. Since we already covered the platform in detail, we can refer you to our piece: Intel Xeon E-2100 An Updated Platform and Market Segment.
At the same Computex 2019 Keynote Intel is announcing Ice Lake its next CPUs in the segment based on its Sunnycove microarchitecture. The Intel Xeon E-2200 series is still based on the same Skylake-derived architecture like current desktop parts are.
Intel Xeon E-2200 Refresh SKUs
We just got this table a few minutes before launch at the Intel keynote. As a result, we have not put it into our usual format. Expect our SKU list and value analysis piece to follow.
Perhaps the most interesting parts here are the Intel Xeon E-2286G and Intel Xeon E-2278G. As the last digit before the “G” indicates, these are 8 core parts, a first for Intel in this segment. The G in those SKUs indicates onboard graphics which is still Intel’s Gen9 offering, not the Gen11 that we are seeing announced today in consumer notebook segments.
Overall, this is a necessary refresh. Adding two more cores is a big deal. As we covered in Looking back at Intel Xeon E3-1200 V1-V6 to the New Xeon E-2100 just twelve months ago this segment’s Intel Xeon E3-1200 V6 series was limited to four cores. We have a 100% increase in core counts combined with an increase in IPC and clock speed over a span of 12 months in the market. That is a big deal.