Continuing our series on the Xeon E-2200 line-up, we have our Intel Xeon E-2244G benchmarks and review piece. There are a few ways to look at this quad-core part. First, it is an incremental upgrade over the Xeon E3-1200 V6 series since this is still a 4 core/ 8 thread part. Second, one can see it as a clock speed bump of the previous-generation Intel Xeon E-2144G. A third angle is to take it in context of the other socket-compatible options one has in this price segment. In our review, we are going to look at this from all three angles.
Key stats for the Intel Xeon E-2244G: 4 cores / 8 threads with a 3.8GHz base clock and 4.8GHz turbo boost. There is 8MB of onboard cache. The CPU features an 71W TDP. These are $272 list price parts. Here is the Intel Ark page for your reference.
Here is what the lscpu output looks like for an Intel Xeon E-2244G:
Here we see fairly large clock speed gains on a generational basis. Often in the days of the Xeon E3 series, we would see a 100MHz clock speed gain. In this generation, we get a 200MHz base and 300MHz maximum turbo clock at the same price and same TDP. Although this may not be the flashiest of a generational upgrade, getting extra clock speed at the same price means that the Xeon E-2244G effectively supplants the E-2144G in the socket.
One of the biggest benefits to the Intel Xeon E-2244G is the “G” which denotes onboard graphics. For those that need a server that can do video encoding/ transcoding, having onboard graphics is important.
We are also making a major change with the latest Xeon E-2200 reviews. Our charts now have 16 examples in these sockets from the previous and current generations. As a result, we are only mixing in a very small set of other processors to give some indication where performance falls compared to other lines. Realistically, if you are buying or upgrading a Xeon E-2200 series server, you are choosing between processor options that can be used in that server. Since that is a key decision point we are targeting with this series, we are going to primarily focus on in-socket comparisons.
Here is our basic configuration for this class of CPU:
- Motherboard: Supemicro X11SCA-F
- CPU: Intel Xeon E-2244G
- RAM: 4x 8GB DDR4-2666 ECC UDIMMs
- SSD: Intel DC S3710 400GB
- SATADOM: Supermicro 32GB SATADOM
The CPU itself supports up to 128GB of RAM, in a 4x 32GB configuration. We see these platforms using 32-64GB 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/ E-2200/ 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-2244G benchmarks, we are then going to focus on power consumption then conclude with our final words on the processors.