Intel Xeon E-2286G Benchmarks and Review

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Intel Xeon E-2286G 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): 37W
  • STH 70% Load: 99W
  • STH 100% Load: 137W
  • Maximum Observed Power (Performance Mode): 143W

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-2286G Market Positioning

The Intel Xeon E-2286G 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 2286G Price Comparison
Intel Xeon E 2286G Price Comparison

Both the Intel Xeon E-2288G and Xeon E-2278G are 8-core parts. Despite the E-2278G having a lower part number *78 v. *86, it is actually the premium part. Intel’s naming convention here uses the last numerical digit to denote the number of cores. In terms of price and raw compute, the E-2286G should be between the E-2278G and the E-2276G.

Taking a look at how the Intel Xeon E-2286G 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 2286G Compute Value Comparison
Intel Xeon E 2286G Compute Value Comparison

Here is where things get very interesting. Offering a bit more performance at the same price means that the Xeon E-2286G offers one of the most compelling compute per dollar in the line. When one factors in platform costs for the server, memory, drives, and add-in cards, it can be more attractive than the Xeon E-2274G.

Intel has four 6-core parts, the Xeon E-2236, E-2246G, E-2276G, and E-2286G in this generation. The Xeon E-2236 does not have an integrated GPU which can greatly impact the value calculation for some buyers.

On the performance side, we saw clear signs of incrementalism. A 200MHz clock speed bump is hardly revolutionary. When we look at the Xeon E-2286G from a value perspective, it makes a lot of sense. This chip is either one of if not the best value in the line for many users looking for compute while keeping costs low.

Final Words

If you are in the market for an Intel Xeon E-2200 series system and need six cores, then the Xeon E-2286G has a lot going for it. We see solid performance that got slightly better in this version. All of that at the same price. This is not a major generational shift and revolutionary performance. Still, if you are upgrading from Xeon E3, you will see an enormous performance jump. If you are using Intel Xeon E-2186G CPUs now, and are looking for similar price or performance, then moving to the Intel Xeon E-2286G, makes a lot of sense.

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