A lot of enthusiasts are curious to get their hands on Intel Haswell-EP Xeon CPUs which are due to launch tomorrow. For the first time we will witness 18 cores and 36 threads in a single CPU delivering a ground breaking performance. By now we know every bit of information about the upcoming Xeon E5-2600 v3 and Xeon E5-1600 v3 CPUs. The flagship E5-2699 v3 has by far no competition and it is being introduced for the first time since Ivy Bridge-EP was led by E5-2697 v3 with 12 cores and 24 threads. Today, we found some interesting results in Geekbench 3’s score browser, giving us a fair a bit of an idea how the new CPUs compare to the Ivy Bridge-EP.
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 Specifications
The upcoming Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPUs are only compatible with LGA 2011-3 socket and Intel’s new C610 chipset family. The server grade processors are also compatible with Intel’s X99 chipset which was launched along side Haswell-E HEDT CPUs last week. Xeon E5 family will also support DDR4 memory up to 128 GB capacity with 16 GB modules. The new CPUs are not backward compatible with LGA 2011 socket and C600 chipset family.
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5 family consists of a total of 19 SKUs with 6,8,10,12,14,16 and 18 cores models. Intel has two new models, E5-2698 v3 featuring 16 cores and 32 threads and the flagship E5-2699 v3 featuring 18 cores and 36 threads. Users looking for a power efficient system can opt for a low power E5-2650L SKU with 12 cores. Unlike the “X” series Xeon CPUs, the E5 family does not have a great overclocking potential. You can hardly achieve a 200-300 MHz overclock through its BCLK though no one wants to overclock an already over-powered CPU.
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 Geekbench
We have seen numerous Cinebench test scores of the flagship E5-2699 v3 but while going through the Geekbench database I found a few validations of the new CPUs. Starting off with the flagship, Xeon E5-2699 v3 achieved a multi-core score of 80,023 in Geekbench 3 which stands at the top of dual-CPU configurations. The tester used Intel’s S2600WTT motherboard coupled with 64 GB DDR4 memory. The single-core scores are always low for Xeon CPUs so we shall neglect them.
With only one CPU being utilized in the test, E5-2699 v3 multi-core score was 33,064 showing the power of those 18 Haswell cores. Again the CPU was tested on Intel S2600WTT motherboard and 64 GB DDR4 memory. Ivy Bridge-EP CPUs are not even close to this beast, only the four CPU configurations with Xeon E7-4890 v2 CPUs outmatch it.
For a more fair comparison, we also found results of Xeon E5-2697 v3 in Geekbench’s database. This help us directly compare Ivy Bridge-EP with Haswell-EP. Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 features 14 cores compared to 12 in Ivy Bridge-EP line up. The new CPU scores 59,189 in Geekbench multi-core test while E5-2697 v2 scores 54,017. This gives about 16% performance boost overall but this is the result of the extra cores. So lets compare the single-core results. Xeon E5-2697 v3 scores 3294 in the single-core test while the Ivy Bridge-EP counter part scores 2595 resulting in a 26% performance increase on core-to-core ratio.