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Intel's new 28C/56T CPU costs $8719, uses 670W of power

Intel's new beast of a CPU uses up to 670W, which is insanity

By Anthony Garreffa from Jul 11, 2017 @ 22:41 CDT

Intel has officially launched its new enterprise CPU range of processors ahead of AMD's next-gen EPYC chips, but Intel is striking down incredibly hard by launching the flagship Xeon Platinum 8176 with 28C/56T of power, at a massive cost of $8719.


Now that the processor is out, there are a few reviews from our friends at Tom's Hardware and Hot Hardware. In Paul Alcorn's review of the Intel Xeon Platinum 8176 (fun fact, Paul used to write for us, super awesome guy!) he tested the idle and maximum idle power of the 28C/56T processor, as well as the older Xeon E5 series of processors. The new Xeon Platinum 8176 processor uses a whopping 670W total, and even has high idle power consumption of 209W.


In the review, Paul said that the 8176 spiked at up to 711W, but rested at a peak of 670W - a huge 127W more than the previous-gen Xeon E5-2697 v4 processor. In regards to power consumption on the Xeon Platinum 8176, Paul said: "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".


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