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Dual Intel Xeon Gold 6154 Processor Review, Consumer Tested

By: Steven Bassiri | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Mar 28, 2018 11:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Intel

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the Xeon Gold 6154 Processor.


What's Hot


Cores: With Intel's move towards a mesh architecture and a reallocation of cache resources, they are now able to better utilize very high core count CPUs. At 18 core and 36 threads, the Intel Xeon Gold 6154 is a beast.


Six-Channel DDR4: With up to 768GB of DRAM per CPU and the ability to run up to six channels, you get the ability to load up close to 2TB of ECC registered memory, and have it work at 2666MHz.


Scalability: Intel actually re-branded the Intel Xeon line to Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, and the Intel Gold 6154 can scale up to 4 CPU systems, which is quite intense and packed with power density.


Omni-Band: The version of our CPU did not support built in 100Gbit Omni-Path in the CPU, but that feature exists on Skylake-F Xeons and can be an easy and effective mechanism to hook up your CPU to a 100Gbit network.



What's Not


Price: The Xeon Gold 6154 Processor is said to cost around $3540 each, which is over $7K for both the CPUs here. Looking at performance, it doesn't perfectly scale with price.



Final Thoughts


High power consumption is merited with two 200W TDP CPUs, but teaming that up with price really shows the part of the CPU that lacks. Cost of ownership is very high, but so is performance in a wide variety of applications.


Its performance is made possible with 18Cores and 36 threads on each CPU, the ability to scale to four CPUs, and the high base and Turbo clocks compared to other enterprise hardware. Overall, Intel's new Skylake based Xeons are beasts, but beasts with very high costs. These CPUs are not for the budget user nor the penny pincher, but they offer very high performance.



Product Summary Breakdown

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Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: Packing in 18 cores and 36 threads into a CPU with a 200W CPU and the ability to scale up, results in excellent performance from the Intel Xeon Gold 6154.

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