Intel Xeon E-2288G Review 8 Cores and 5GHz in the Entry Segment

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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.

Intel Xeon E 2288G V Xeon E 2200 Cost
Intel Xeon E 2288G V Xeon E 2200 Cost

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:

Intel Xeon E 2288G V Xeon E 2200 Cost Per Core Clock Adj
Intel Xeon E 2288G V Xeon E 2200 Cost Per Core Clock Adj

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.

Final Words

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:

Entry Level Intel Xeon Maximum Core Count By Generation 2009 2019
Entry Level Intel Xeon Maximum Core Count By Generation 2009 2019

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.

Core Counts And Change Rates 2009 Through 2019 Mainstream
Core Counts And Change Rates 2009 Through 2019 Mainstream

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.

10 COMMENTS

  1. That’s an incredible low-end chip compared to what’s out there, but it’s a Core i9 8c at heart released a year later and almost 6mo after it’s found in workstations.

  2. So, essentially a 9900K rebranded as a Xeon and capable of using ECC RAM? Nice! Are lots of cores at lower speeds really going to help the small office with 10-20 folks running a basic, self-hosted single file and print server?

  3. Am I right thinking this might be a great pfSense CPU if one is trying to achieve high VPN throughput (Gigabit+) due to it’s dependence on single-thread performance and this chip’s high clock speeds?

  4. Am I blind or there is really no remark about meltdown/spectre state of fixes in the e-22xx line or in 2288g anywhere? No in this article, nor in the original e-22xx nor in the linked e-22xx. I’d really like to have some affirmation that at least meltdown is fixed in actual silicon — which it should as rumors points out. But having a word from respectable STH about the problem would be nice to have…Thanks!

  5. Thanks, I was looking forward to reading a review of the new Xeon E eight-core models. I am currently using a four-core Xeon E in my home workstation, and thinking about upgrading.

  6. Shame these are unobtanium. I have only just managed to get hold of a E2100 series chip after almost a year of trying…

  7. Unobtanium would be a good description, but unobtanium can at least be found on Pandora. The E-2288G can not be found ANYWHERE. This is a sick joke from Intel. They have now announced it TWICE and are still not selling it!

    Neither is it available on the open market, but the delivery time of Fujitsu Workstations with the E-2288G are disastrous as well, so they must not be getting them either.

  8. I just received this little baby and will install it on the HP Z2 G4 Tower, I will also install the Quadro RTX5000 on this machine and install 128GB DDR4 2666 UDIMM ram

  9. INSTALLED NEW INTEL XEON E2288G CPU!!

    I will be selling this custom built machine for $10K if anyone is interested hit me up. Specs are below.
    NEWLY RELEASED FEATURE – Installed is the newest 2019 Intel release CPU, the flagship 8 CORE (5GHZ single core turbo) – Xeon E-2288G.

    HP Z2 G4 WORKSTATION (SYSTEM MAXIMISED) General Features include:
    3 YEARS WARRANTY!!
    IN THE HP BOX!!
    Windows 10 PRO 64Bit
    128GB DDR4 2666 ECC UDIMM RAM
    Intel Xeon E-2288G (8 Core/Released 2019 – Newest Fastest Intel single CPU on the planet)
    This is currently the flagship CPU for this model HP system, the new Intel Xeon E-2288G
    256GB HP Z TURBO TLC M.2 (2 x slots for M.2)
    1x 1TB NVMe PCie M.2 SSD
    1x 2TB SSD
    12TB Ultrastar Enterprise
    Nvidia Quadro RTX5000)
    GC DVDRW
    HP Thunderbolt 3
    HP Keyboard+Mouse

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