Intel Xeon Gold 6130 Power Consumption
We wanted to post a few figures from our testing that show the real selling point of the chips, low power.
- Idle: 73W
- 70% Load: 144W
- 100% Load: 187W
- Peak: 201W
Note these results were taken using a 208V Schneider Electric / APC PDU at 17.8C and 72% RH. Our testing window shown here had a +/- 0.3C and +/- 2% RH variance. These are great power consumption figures.
Intel Xeon Gold 6130 Market Positioning
Thes chips are not released in a vacuum. Instead, they have competition on both the Intel and AMD sides. When you purchase a server and select a CPU, it is important to see the value of a platform versus its competitors.
Intel Xeon Gold 6130 v. Intel Xeon
We generally tell those that we advise who are looking at Intel Xeon Scalable that this is where they should start in the model range if they are looking for performance. There is a clear delineation between the Xeon Bronze, Xeon Silver, and Xeon Gold 5100 series and what the Intel Xeon Gold 6130 has to offer. Regarding overall system cost, upgrading may be several hundred dollars over the Gold 5120 before discounts, but if you want performance, this is a much better option.
Looking at the Intel Xeon Gold 6130 compared to the Gold 6132, they tend to trade off spots on the leaderboard based on the workload’s profile. If you want single core performance for per-core licensing the Intel Xeon Gold 6134 is a better option. If you have a lot of RAM in the machine, you may look to move up the SKU stack considerably to leverage your investment.
Intel Xeon Gold 6130 v. AMD EPYC
Unlike the Intel Xeon Gold 5100 series, the Intel Xeon Gold 6130 is much more competitive than AMD EPYC. Naysayers will immediately point to the per chip costs. Frankly, the Intel Xeon Gold 6130 uses less power than a 16 core AMD EPYC 7351P so the operating costs one needs to take into account. Intel is also aggressively discounting its Xeon Scalable CPUs to the point that the price difference on a given deal may be borderline negligible regarding system costs. The AMD EPYC has more PCIe and more memory channels but also has the drawback of having four NUMA nodes per socket while the Intel Xeon Gold 6130 has only one. Also, for dual socket server applications, the cost gap narrows considerably when you are not looking at the AMD EPYC “P” series parts priced extremely aggressively, but that are unable to scale to two sockets.
There are certain workloads where a given architecture is better than the other. For single-threaded performance, the Intel Xeon Gold 6130’s 3.7GHz cannot be matched in the current AMD EPYC range giving it a clear advantage. Overall, it is a tough one to call between the two options.
We like the Intel Xeon Gold 6130. Although it is “only” 16 cores, it also has a solid 3.7Ghz single core turbo clock. Pricing is not set for high discounts like the Platinum line that we discussed in the piece: How the Intel Xeon Platinum is a Marketing Headache. If you are thinking about a 14 core Intel Xeon Gold 5100 series CPU, this is likely a better option for a relatively low incremental cost. This is the sweet spot of the market where Intel has an attractive product. It is priced similarly to the Intel Xeon E5-2683 V4 yet has new features and much better single threaded performance. This is an area where the Intel Xeon E5-2600 V4 to Intel Xeon Gold 6100 series transition pays off for buyers. Thusly, we feel that we can recommend the Intel Xeon Gold 6130 to STH readers as a great Intel Xeon Scalable CPU option in this range.