Intel Xeon Silver 4208 Benchmarks and Review

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Intel Bunny Suit With Xeon Scalable 2nd Gen
Intel Bunny Suit With Xeon Scalable 2nd Gen

At its face, the Intel Xeon Silver 4208 seems like a very modest upgrade over its predecessor. Whereas we saw the Silver 4210 get a two core boost from eight to ten, the Intel Xeon Silver 4208 remains an 8-core part for the $417 price point. As we started testing the chip, we saw better performance than we were expecting at first, likely because of clock speed adjustments. In our Silver 4208 review, we are going to take a look at the lowest-cost 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable CPU with Hyper-Threading, and see how it compares to CPUs in other generations as well as the current generation to see where we would buy in the SKU stack.

Key stats for the Intel Xeon Silver 4208: 8 cores / 16 threads with a 2.1GHz base clock and 3.2GHz turbo boost. There is 11MB of onboard cache. The CPU features an 85W TDP. These are $417 list price parts. Here is the ARK page with the feature set.

Here is what the lscpu output looks like for an Intel Xeon Silver 4208:

Intel Xeon Silver 4208 Lscpu
Intel Xeon Silver 4208 Lscpu

Intel Xeon Silver 4208 Test Configuration

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

  • System: HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10
  • CPU: Intel Xeon Silver 4208
  • RAM: 6x 32GB DDR4-2400 ECC RDIMMs
  • Storage: 1x Intel DC S3700 400GB
  • PCIe Networking: Mellanox ConnectX-3 HPE FlexLOM dual-port 40GbE

The Intel Xeon Silver 4200 series only supports DDR4-2400 speeds. That is significantly lower than the DDR4-2933 speeds that higher-end Gold and Platinum SKUs support. We covered the test system in more detail in our article A New STH 1P 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Test Platform including the process we went through to select the heatsinks and fans.

HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 1P High Performance Standard Configuration
HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 1P High-Performance Standard Configuration

One will notice that we are using the high-performance heatsink here with the high-performance fans. That is to ensure that even though we are using a 1U server, we have enough cooling capacity for our testing. If you purchase a new ProLiant DL360 Gen10 you will likely get a standard heatsink which is more than ample to cool a low-power part like this. You can see the difference between the high-performance and standard HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 heatsinks here:

HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 High Performance And Standard Heatsinks
HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 High Performance And Standard Heatsinks

Next, we are going to take a look at our Intel Xeon Silver 4208 benchmarks. We are then going to conclude with our market comparison and final words on the processors.

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