Intel Xeon Gold 6134 Power Consumption
We wanted to post a few figures from our testing that show the real selling point of the chips, low power.
- Idle: 76W
- 70% Load: 211W
- 100% Load: 253W
- Peak: 258W
Note these results were taken using a 208V Schneider Electric / APC PDU at 17.9C and 71% RH. Our testing window shown here had a +/- 0.3C and +/- 2% RH variance. These are great power consumption figures. These are certainly solid results for this system and a large amount of the power is not used by the CPU and instead by the RAM and peripherals.
Intel Xeon Gold 6134 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 value of a platform versus its competitors.
Intel Xeon Gold 6134 v. Intel Xeon
If you are in a per-core licensing model, a $1000-1500 premium for an Intel Xeon Gold 6134 over an Intel Xeon Silver 4116 is an obvious optimization. The real competition comes from the Intel Xeon Gold 6144 which sits above this in the SKU stack with a 3.5GHz base clock at an $800 premium. Looking down the stack there are SKUs with 4 cores like the Xeon Gold 5122 and Silver 4112 and a 6 core option, the Gold 6128, but those carry lower performance figures.
If you do not need the most per-core performance, an Intel Xeon Gold 6132 is a better choice in this price range.
Intel Xeon Gold 6134 v. AMD EPYC
On the AMD EPYC side, this is a segment where AMD is less competitive outside of a single use case. If you have per-core licensing, and you need over 768GB of RAM, and you do not need much CPU power, and having more NUMA nodes is not an issue, then an AMD EPYC 7251 may be worth looking into. Otherwise, AMD optimizes by giving more core for a given price point but does not have a highly optimized SKU for per-core licensing models.
The Intel Xeon Gold 6134 is one of our favorite SKUs for per-core licensing optimization. For general purpose parts, there are clearly better options. At the same time, the fact that Intel has such a highly optimized part is excellent. The Intel Xeon Gold 6134 clock speeds change system performance in an interesting manner. You could easily use these CPUs in a high-end workstation as the clock speeds are high enough to give a pleasant user experience even in that scenario. That is different than the lower-end Xeon Silver and Gold CPUs that are limited to lower base and turbo clocks. Still, if you are running Windows Server or a similar application where you are paying per-core, these are the CPUs to look at.