Intel Xeon E-2234 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: 77W
- STH 100% Load: 98W
- Maximum Observed Power (Performance Mode): 103W
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. We double-checked on our 120V racks and were able to get power consumption over that common 1A threshold.
Intel Xeon E-2234 Market Positioning
The Intel Xeon E-2234 is not being released in a vacuum. Instead, there are other parts available in the socket which means that our readers need to decide on a chip in the context of a configurator. Here is what the parts look like ordered by part number:
We wanted to call attention to the Intel Xeon E-2226G. This is a 6-core/ 6-thread part with an iGPU for almost the same price. Clock speeds are fairly close. As a result, we think this could be a solid alternative for many readers. When we compare those two parts along with other Xeon E-2200 series parts, taking into account threads, clock speed, and price, this is what the above chart looks like:
Having 6 full cores at the same price, along with offering an iGPU can make the Xeon E-2226G considerably more compelling. We have not tested that part yet, however, since we have tested almost 20 SKUs in this socket between generations we have a fairly good hypothesis of its performance. If one can budget for an extra 9W TDP and $5-10 per server, that may be the option to select on your configurator instead.
The Intel Xeon E-2234 feels like a product we have been reviewing for years. With 4 cores and 8 threads, it offers a substantial performance upgrade over the Xeon E-2224 for a relatively minimal incremental cost. The low power consumption and high clock speeds are great for many applications.
At the same time, there is a lot of pressure in this segment. The current 4C/ 8T Xeon E-22×4 series parts are flanked by lower-cost options that can light platforms if only minimal amounts of performance are needed. Likewise, with the top-end moving to 8-cores, the 6-core parts have moved into the same space making them potentially better options.
Our sense is that the Intel Xeon E-2234 will appeal to a specific buyer that has been conditioned to purchase 4 core and 8 thread parts with a modest budget. Still, we want to see Intel pick up the pace of innovation in this space with future generations.