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Intel Xeon E5-2687W review

The real Sandy Bridge E processor

Our Verdict

By turning cores on but turning overclocking off, this eight-core Xeon is a zero sum game. Not cost effective on the desktop.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Octa-core (8 Core)

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For

  • EIGHT cores! Unbelievably quick at stock speeds Drop into any X79

Against

  • Sooooo expensive No overclocking

Whatever happened to Intel's promise of massively multi-core PC processing? With the arrival of the new Intel Xeon 2687W eight-core monster, we're getting a taste of what we've been missing.

Strictly speaking, of course, the Intel Xeon 2687W is not a desktop PC processor.

It's a workstation and server chip. That explains the eye-popping price. However, it's also closely related to Intel's latest desktop range topper, the Intel Core i7 3960X.

Actually, it's more than just closely related to the 3960X. It's the same chip, known internally at Intel as Sandy Bridge E.

But this time with all eight cores enabled instead of six.

So, it's Sandy Bridge E as we would like to have seen it originally, just with a Xeon badge and at a much higher price.

All of which leaves us wondering how much difference the extra cores make and whether they're worth double the price of the six-core i7 chip.

Oh, and for the record, AMD's processors don't figure here as competition. The pseudo eight-core AMD FX 8150 chip isn't even in the same post code for performance.

Vital Stats
Clock speed - 3.1GHz
Turbo speed - 3.8GHz
Cores - 8
Threads - 16
Socket - LGA 2011
Process - 32nm

Benchmarks

Cores v clocks is Intel's explanation for the Core i7 3960X's six-core configuration.

With the arrival of the eight-core Xeon 2687W, we can put that claim to the test.

The most immediately revealing metrics are the single and multi-threaded Cinebench results. The Xeon is only slightly behind in the former but has a hefty advantage in the latter, which doesn't really square with the official Intel narrative of dropping a couple of cores from the Core i7 3960X in order to crank up the clocks.

Multi-threaded CPU performance

Intel Xeon E5 2687W benchmarks

Single-threaded CPU performance

Intel Xeon E5 2687W benchmarks

Memory bandwidth performance

Intel Xeon E5 2687W benchmarks

CPU encoding performance

Intel Xeon E5 2687W benchmarks

Real-world productivity performance

Intel Xeon E5 2687W benchmarks

Intel Xeon E5 2687W benchmarks

Energy efficiency

Intel Xeon E5 2687W benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreOcta-core (8 Core)
Thermal Design Power150 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyXeon E5-2600
L3 Cache20 MB
Clock Speed3.10 GHz
Processor SocketSocket LGA-2011
Brand NameIntel
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification67°C
QuickPath Interconnect8 GT/s
Width45 mm
Depth52.5 mm
L2 Cache2 MB
Product SeriesE5-2600
Compatibility
  • Intel W2600CR2L Workstation Board
  • Intel W2600CR2 Workstation Board
  • Intel S2600COE Server Board
  • Intel S2600COEIOC Server Board
  • Intel P4304CR2LFJN Workstation System
  • Intel H2216WPJR Server System
  • Intel H2312WPFJR Server System
  • Intel H2216WPFJR Server System
  • Intel H2216JFJR Server System
  • Intel H2312JFQJR Server System
  • Intel P4304CR2LFGN Workstation System
  • Intel H2216WPQJR Server System
  • Intel H2216JFFJR Server System
  • Intel H2312WPJR Server System
  • Intel H2216JFQJR Server System
  • Intel P4304CR2LFJNL Workstation System
  • Intel R2312IP4LHPC Server System
  • Intel H2312WPQJR Server System
  • Intel H2312JFFJR Server System
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product ModelE5-2687W
Product NameXeon Octa-core E5-2687W 3.10GHz Processor
Package TypeOEM
Product LineXeon
Manufacturer Part NumberCM8062107184308
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 Product Family

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family is at the heart of a flexible and efficient data center that meets your diverse needs. These engineering marvels are designed to deliver the best combination of performance, energy efficiency, built-in capabilities, and cost-effectiveness. From virtualization and cloud computing to design automation or real-time financial transactions, you'll be delighted by better than ever performance and energy efficiency. I/O latency is dramatically reduced with Intel Integrated I/O, which helps you to eliminate data bottlenecks, streamline your operations, and increase your agility. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family - versatile processors at the heart of today's data center.

Process Technology32 nm