Intel Xeon Gold 6230 Benchmarks and Review

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Intel Xeon Gold 6230 Cover
Intel Xeon Gold 6230 Cover

The Intel Xeon Gold 6230 was a chip that saw a major re-position in the “Cascade Lake” second generation Intel Xeon Scalable lineup. When we reviewed the Intel Xeon Gold 6130, we really liked the mix of clock speed and cores. As a 16-core part, it hit the Microsoft Windows Server licensing model well. In the newest generation, Intel gave this SKU four additional cores, bumping the count up to 20. With this reposition, it is no longer competing head-to-head with the AMD EPYC 7371. Instead, it redefines value in this segment.

Key stats for the Intel Xeon Gold 6230: 20 cores / 40 threads and 2.1GHz base clock and 3.9GHz turbo boost with 27.5MB cache. The CPU features a 125W TDP. These are $1894 list price parts. Here is the ARK page with the feature set.

Here is what the lscpu output looks like for the chips:

Intel Xeon Gold 6230 Lscpu Output
Intel Xeon Gold 6230 Lscpu Output

Here, we see the same base clock speed as the previous generation. The turbo frequency increases by 200MHz to 3.9GHz up from 3.7GHz. Of course, the big upgrade comes from the four additional cores. Effectively, this is a part that will see 25% improvement over the previous generation in a lot of workloads at the same 125W TDP.

Dual Intel Xeon Gold 6230 Test Configuration

For our 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPU dual-socket reviews, we are using the following configuration:

  • System: Inspur Systems NF5280M5
  • CPU: Intel Xeon Gold 6230
  • RAM: 12x 32GB DDR4-2933 ECC RDIMMs
  • Storage: 2x Intel DC S3520 480GB OS
  • PCIe Networking: Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 25GbE, Intel X710 4x 10GbE SFP+

A quick note here, we did not utilize the Intel Optane DCPMM here because we had standard chips. Using Intel Optane DCPMM even with two 128GB modules per CPU to stay well below the 1TB per CPU memory limit would have meant our memory would work at only DDR4-2666 speeds.

Inspur Systems NF5280M5 Front Badge
Inspur Systems NF5280M5 Front Badge

The Inspur Systems NF5280M5 is a dual-socket Intel Xeon Scalable solution that has a variety of I/O configurations. We kept our test unit relatively light on rear riser cards to ensure we had significant airflow for the Intel Xeon Scalable line we would test up to 205W TDP.

Inspur Systems NF5280M5 With DIMMs
Inspur Systems NF5280M5 With DIMMs

We are going to add a link to our full Inspur Systems NF5280M5 review once that is online in the next few weeks.

Next, we are going to take a look at our Intel Xeon Gold 6230 benchmarks.

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  1. Can you make a short comparison of the 6230 against 6230N & 6248 ?
    It’ll be interesting to see how performance scales up with the clock speed
    and whether the increase of the performance justify the prices.

  2. Hi Zibi, we are happy to. Do you have chips we can use?

    We are a bit limited by the fact Intel has so many SKUs that we usually can only get 50-60% of the main SKU stack.

  3. Hello Patrick
    Unfortunately no.
    I’m trying to get some 6230N as the demo inside 2U 4CPU system, but so far not much of the success.
    They are really in the limited availability and not many vendors seems to have them, or plan to have them in the package I want.

    BTW. Thank you for the great work!

  4. Nice comparison!
    6130/6230 are excellent cpu choice!

    Would you be able to compare at least three generations of cpus? For instances 6230, 6130, and probably 2640 v4? This would help people looking for upgrade. Also, another idea would be to not remove cpus from your benchmarks and in a few years you’ll get a big enough history

  5. Hi, in the first page it says “… we are then going to focus on power consumption then conclude with our final words on the processors.”, but I can’t find the part where you focus on power consumption. Is it the part on page 2 comparing TDPs? I’m curious about whether you measured the power consumption between the Intel generations and also how the AMD machines compare.

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