Intel Xeon E-2224 Benchmarks and Review

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Intel Xeon E-2224 Power Consumption

We wanted to post a few figures from our testing that show the real selling point of the chips, low power.

  • Idle Power (Performance Mode): 31W
  • STH 70% Load: 76W
  • STH 100% Load: 94W
  • Maximum Observed Power (Performance Mode): 105W

Note these results were taken using a 208V Schneider Electric / APC PDU at 17.7C and 72% RH. Our testing window shown here had a +/- 0.3C and +/- 2% RH variance. 120V powered systems will run with more power.

The significance here is that these chips can safely be run in even 1A/120V colocation so long as the configuration is reasonable. We still had quite a bit of headroom in our configuration.

Intel Xeon E-2224 Market Positioning

The Intel Xeon E-2224 is the lowest cost Xeon E-2200 series part. One can see that the “G” version called the Xeon E-2224G that utilizes an integrated GPU is only slightly more expensive.

Intel Xeon E 2224 V Xeon E 2200 Cost
Intel Xeon E 2224 V Xeon E 2200 Cost

When we flip this table and look at how much raw compute power we can get per dollar, we see a different story:

Intel Xeon E 2224 V Xeon E 2200 Cost Per Core Clock Adj
Intel Xeon E 2224 V Xeon E 2200 Cost Per Core Clock Adj

By this chart, the Xeon E-2224 is one of the most expensive chips in the range. Since the chip is designed for lower-cost servers, this type of pricing also means that there can be outsized performance losses by moving to lower-cost CPUs.

AMD has all of the tools to come into this space and bring havoc. At the same time, the AMD Ryzen platforms that would be competitive here are owned by the consumer team, and that team is focused on the larger consumer market rather than the low-cost server market. As a result, the few Ryzen server platforms we see are supported by AMD’s consumer side not their server-side which is a big reason we are not seeing investment in that platform.

Final Words

Overall, the Intel Xeon E-2224 is a fine low-cost chip. At the same time, we hope you paid close attention to the Intel Core i3-9100F results. We think for most low-cost applications, except those that require vPro like the Dell EMC PowerEdge T40, the Core i3-9100F is a better price/ performance SKU before any discounting happens.

The entry Intel Xeon solution has been around for over a decade in 4 core, 4 thread configurations. We hope this is the last one we see with this configuration as it is time to move the industry onward, even if that is simply making Hyper-Threading standard on all quad-core parts.

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a low end desktop CPU with ECC not fused off. AMD should certify ECC on the 2400G and 3400G just to blow this toy out of the water.

  2. This is so sad about Ryzen. 🙁

    I happen to really like the ASrack board, 65W Ryzen 7, and ECC RAM setup I have. It’s a great server for modest applications.

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