Intel has taken care of the hungry heavy pockets enthusiasts with the launch of Haswell-E HEDT processors. Its time that we prepare for the more technical server based consumers with Haswell-EP Xeon CPUs. We have kept you updated with all the possible information regarding the Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 and 1600 v3 line up. To further spice things up, we got hold of benchmarks of Xeon E5-2699 v3 in dual-CPU configuration with a Intel C610 chipset motherboard and Samsung 16 GB DDR4 modules. Spotted in a thread at Overclock.net, a user at the Chinese website ZOL revealed AIDA64 and Cinebench scores of Xeon E5-2699 v3.
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2699 v3 Dual-CPU Test bed
Before we move on to the benchmarks results lets take a look at the test bed. The configuration consists of a dual LGA 2011-3 socket Intel C610 chipset motherboard, four Samsung 16 GB DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules, AMD Radeon R9 290 GPU, Toshiba 512 GB SSD, Toshiba 256 GB SSD, Samsung 240 GB SSD and WD 1 TB HDD. For cooling, the user is using Thermaltake’s Water 3.0 AIO cooling solution. All the tests were run on Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system.
The interesting thing here is the C610 chipset motherboard and Samsung’s 16 GB DDR4 modules. We have not seen any C610 chipset based motherboards yet and 16 GB modules are only heard off. Even major memory manufacturers only introduced 8 GB modules for Haswell-E HEDT CPUs so we are assuming that these modules are early samples.
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2699 v3 Dual-CPU AIDA64 Benchmarks
Time for the main event and here we have the results of AIDA64 tests. The user ran five tests- CPU Queen, CPU PhotoWorxx, CPU ZLib, CPU AES and CPU Hash in AIDA64. Don’t be confused by the 3600 MHz (3.6 GHz) frequency in two of the tests because it is the Turbo Boost on a single core while the max Turbo Boost on all 18 cores is 2800 MHz (2.8 GHz). Xeon E5-2699 v3 tops the chart quite convincingly except in the CPU PhotoWorxx.
AIDA64 CPU Queen
This simple integer benchmark focuses on the branch prediction capabilities and the misprediction penalties of the CPU. It finds the solutions for the classic “Queens problem” on a 10 by 10 sized chessboard. At the same clock speed theoretically the processor with the shorter pipeline and smaller misprediction penalties will attain higher benchmark scores. For example — with HyperThreading disabled — the Intel Northwood core processors get higher scores than the Intel Prescott core based ones due to the 20-step vs 31-step long pipeline. CPU Queen test uses integer MMX, SSE2 and SSSE3 optimizations.
Xeon E5-2699 v3 scores 218059 in AIDA64’s CPU Queen Test utilizing all 36 cores and 72 threads at 2.8 GHz.
AIDA64 CPU PhotoWorxx
This benchmark stresses the SIMD integer arithmetic execution units of the CPU and also the memory subsystem. CPU PhotoWorxx test uses the appropriate x87, MMX, MMX+, 3DNow!, 3DNow!+, SSE, SSE2, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4A, AVX, AVX2, and XOP instruction set extension and it is NUMA, HyperThreading, multi-processor (SMP) and multi-core (CMP) aware.
This is where Xeon E5-2699 v3 lacked behind AMD Opteron 16 core CPU and 8 core Xeon E5-2670 CPU. Although we can see a massive 57% overclock on a single core.
AIDA64 CPU ZLib
This integer benchmark measures combined CPU and memory subsystem performance through the public ZLib compression library. CPU ZLib test uses only the basic x86 instructions, and it is HyperThreading, multi-processor (SMP) and multi-core (CMP) aware.
AIDA64 CPU AES
This benchmark measures CPU performance using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) data encryption. In cryptography AES is a symmetric-key encryption standard. AES is used in several compression tools today, like 7z, RAR, WinZip, and also in disk encryption solutions like BitLocker, FileVault (Mac OS X), TrueCrypt.
AIDA64 CPU Hash
This benchmark measures CPU performance using the SHA1 hashing algorithm defined in the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 180-4. The code behind this benchmark method is written in Assembly, and it is optimized for every popular AMD, Intel and VIA processor core variants by utilizing the appropriate MMX, MMX+/SSE, SSE2, SSSE3, AVX, AVX2, XOP, BMI, and BMI2 instruction set extension. CPU Hash benchmark is hardware accelerated on VIA PadLock Security Engine capable VIA C7, VIA Nano and VIA QuadCore processors.
Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 convincingly beats its competition by quite a margin so it might seem like a worthy upgrade over Ivy Bridge-EP Xeon v2 processors.
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2699 v3 Dual-CPU Cinebench
In my earlier reports, I have stated that Cinebench R11.5 does not fully supports the new Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPUs because the variation in results is questionable. In these results, the scores look more acceptable and consistent but I will still take them with a pinch of salt.
In Cinebench R15 where all 36 cores and 72 threads are being utilized the Xeon E5-2699 v3 scores 4542 points higher than any other server grade or consumer processor. The score is identical compared to earlier leaked results so no problems here. We can assume that in a single socket configuration the CPU will be able to score 2000+ points thanks to its 18 cores and 36 threads as well as Hyper Threading.
Lastly, in Cinebench R11.5 Xeon E5-2699 v3 scores 26.42 points with only one CPU being utilized. Previously, the test results showed around 25 points which did not sound convincing compared to Ivy Bridge-EP since only a minor increase in performance can be detected.
Anyways these are still preliminary results so we should wait for the launch day to have some comprehensive and detailed reviews to determine the performance of the 18 core beast. Intel Haswell-EP CPUs are scheduled for September 9th, 2014 launch. You can check the complete details of Haswell-EP at Xeon E5-2600 v3 & Xeon E5-1600 v3. Haswell-EP processors are also compatible with Intel’s X99 chipset motherboards, ASUS and ASRock revealed their workstation motherboards which you can check in our X99 motherboard roundup.