Intel Xeon E-2244G Benchmarks and Review

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Intel Xeon E-2244G 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): 32W
  • STH 70% Load: 98W
  • STH 100% Load: 107W
  • Maximum Observed Power (Performance Mode): 111W

Note these results were taken using a 208V Schneider Electric / APC PDU at 17.2C and 70% 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-2244G Market Positioning

The Intel Xeon E-2244G 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:

Intel Xeon E 2244G Price Comparison
Intel Xeon E 2244G Price Comparison

The jump from a Xeon E-2244G to a Xeon E-2246G may seem like a simple 2 digit increase for $39 or so. For that $39 one gets a big feature, namely two more cores. For context, that is around $19.50/ core when the Xeon E-2244G is $68 per core for the four cores it has.

Taking a look at how the Intel Xeon E-2244G stacks up against its stablemates when we take into account threads, clock speed, and price, this is what the above chart looks like:

Intel Xeon E 2244G Compute Value Comparison
Intel Xeon E 2244G Compute Value Comparison

As one can see, by this metric, the only two lower theoretical compute per dollar parts are the Intel Xeon E-2286G and Intel Xeon E-2274G. Those are also parts designed to be higher performance per core which puts them at somewhat different positioning. For most users, the E-2244G is a better buy than the E-2274G. By the same token, the Xeon E-2246G is probably the better buy when comparing the three.

We saw the impact of the 200MHz base and 300MHz turbo bump. It basically took the performance we saw of the Xeon E-2174G and brought it down one SKU price point to the Xeon E-2244G. It also supplanted the Xeon E-2144G since it offers more clock speed at the same price and TDP. Unless there is a good reason not to, we suggest buying the Xeon E-2244G over the Xeon E-2144G if prices are equal.

Final Words

Perhaps the biggest conclusion we have after testing the Intel Xeon E-2244G is that the Xeon E-2274G feels even harder to recommend. With the Xeon E-2244G offering roughly comparable, albeit lower, performance as the $56 higher list price part, we think that it has become redundant. Those who want maximum performance in the socket will go to 8 core parts such as the Intel Xeon E-2288G. If you want more performance in aggregate, although a bit less at 4 cores of utilization, the Xeon E-2246G seems to be the right choice as it offers two more cores at only a $39 premium.

For those who want four cores, and do not want to take advantage of more, just like the Xeon E3-1200 series but with higher clocks and a newer microarchitecture, the Xeon E-2244G makes sense. Especially if one wants an iGPU which the Xeon E-2234 does not have.

This feels like a very incremental upgrade but it is an upgrade. It was consistently better than the Xeon E-2144G model it replaces. For customers, more performance at the same price point is always something we like to see generations of processors offer.

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