Intel Xeon E-2288G 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): 38W
- STH 70% Load: 111W
- STH 100% Load: 139W
- Maximum Observed Power (Performance Mode): 151W
Although the TDP does not translate directly to increased power consumption, the Intel Xeon E-2288G we cannot recommend for extremely power-constrained environments like 1A in 110V or 120V rack deployments. You will run the risk of going outside of power limits in that type of hosting. For the low-cost colocation world, you will want to look lower in the stack.
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. You can read more about the differences in 120V or 208V for Servers, Storage and Network Equipment.
Intel Xeon E-2288G Market Positioning
Intel has twelve launch SKUs in the Xeon E-2200 series and predicably the Xeon E-2288G is the most expensive, it also has, by a huge margin, the most performance.
Looking at a basic cost metric is a bit misleading. If one simply needs a lower core count and lower performance CPU, there is little reason to push into the entire stack, let alone up to the Intel Xeon E-2288G. Instead, the Intel Core i3-9100F is a better option for that use case. If you want performance, you want to see how much compute capacity a chip has, and how much that performance costs. Beyond our benchmarks, we can use a cost per clock and thread metric to look at how Intel is pricing the line:
What is really interesting is that based on this metric, the cost to get the compute is not outrageously high for the E-2288G. For the Xeon Scalable line, the highest-end chips extract a high per-core premium. When you look at the four core and four-thread Xeon E-2224 at around $200 with lower clocks, the sixteen thread and higher clocked Xeon E-2288G, at under $550, looks like a relative bargain.
When comparing to AMD EPYC and Xeon Scalable lower-end parts, the bigger impact is at a system level. With more memory channels and PCIe lanes, motherboards are more complex and those motherboards cost more. The Intel Xeon E-2200 series still allows one to utilize lower-cost platforms.
Although there are a few AMD Ryzen server motherboards on the market like the Tyan Tomcat EX S8015 and ASRock Rack X470D4U, the Intel Xeon E-2200 series is going to be slotted into an enormous ecosystem from every major vendor. You can see our coverage in: Intel Xeon E-2100 and Xeon E-2200 Coverage from STH Your Guide.
Overall, the Intel Xeon E-2288G brings an 8 core 5GHz server CPU to a very reasonable $539. From a market segment perspective, this is huge. Here is what a decade of core advancements in the segment have looked like:
The 8-core Intel Xeon E-2288G is the first CPU where we have seen a CPU with twice as many cores as we had ten years ago for this segment. At the same time, we saw mainstream CPUs go from 4 to 64 cores per socket in the same time period.
In this review, we have shown how that additional core and thread count, combined with microarchitectural enhancements and high-clock speeds make the Intel Xeon E-2288G a generational milestone for the entire segment. If you need to scale a platform from lower-power CPUs to higher-speed CPUs, the Intel Xeon E-2288G may make the difference between staying in a lower-cost platform or moving up to an Intel Xeon Silver platform. That makes this an important product for the market. For those looking at the Intel Xeon E-2288G platforms, know that this CPU offers a big performance jump over the previously top-end Intel Xeon E-2186G.