Intel announced the launch of its new Intel Xeon Scalable processors for servers and workstations to compete with AMD Epyc offering CPUs of up to 28 cores that can be attached to 6TB of RAM (4-socket system). In terms of specifications, the new processors are looking really good, but if we talk about consumption and price, the differences regarding AMD are very palpable.
As a clear example, we have the Intel Xeon Platinum 8176, the flagship model consisting of 28 physical cores and 56 processing threads at a Base / Turbo frequency of 2.10 / 3.80 GHz supporting up to 768 GB of DDR4 @ 2666 MHz memory. One Of the negative points is its price, $ 8,719, which in Europe will translate into more than 9,000 euros, but that is the least, because in terms of consumption, idle consumes 209W and consumption reaches 670W on load, reaching peaks of 711W of consumption.
To give us an idea, AMD’s top-of-the-line AMD EPYC 7601 CPU consisting of 32 cores and 64 threads @ 2.20 / 3.20 GHz with a TDP of 180W (which does not represent final consumption) comes at a price of 4,200 Dollars.
While in the review by Tom’s Hardware, they indicate that the consumption per core has been reduced compared to its predecessor, the Xeon E-2697 v4, where the incorporation of 10 extra cores results in a consumption increase of 127W:
“The 8176’s extra 10 cores lead to higher overall power draw at idle and under full load. As you can see in the second chart, though, which calculates per-core consumption by dividing the total by the core count, Intel’s 8176 uses far less power per core than the company’s previous-gen CPUs. This paints a nice picture of improved efficiency”.