Intel Xeon Scalable "Cascade Lake" Processors Launch - Initial Xeon Platinum 8280 Linux Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 2 April 2019. Page 8 of 8. 19 Comments

While the dual Xeon Platinum 8280 processors often led in the raw performance benchmarks, the price of each of these processors is over ten thousand dollars. In comparison, AMD's top-end EPYC 7601 goes for ~$4,464 USD per processor or two EPYC 7601 processors for less than the price of a single Xeon Platinum 8280.

Top-end processors never tend to deliver the best value, but at least the raw performance is incredible.

AMD EPYC processors generally lead on delivering the best value, at least compared to the server CPUs I have available for testing at this time.

For the last of this initial Cascade Lake Linux benchmarking today is the geometric mean looking at the raw performance across the dozens of initial benchmarks carried out. When looking at this composite of the many benchmarks run, the Xeon Platinum 8280 came out about 8% faster than the EPYC 7601 or 21% faster with dual 8280s. Again, if you would like to see how your own system(s) compare to the CPUs tested in this article, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and then run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1903292-HV-SERVERCPU30 to conduct a fully-automated and side-by-side performance benchmark analysis against the results found in this article.

Thanks to Intel for sending over these Xeon Platinum 8280 processors and stay tuned for more extensive Cascade Lake benchmarks over the days and weeks ahead.

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