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Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

Virtualized data center performance

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

Customers have a choice of upgrading their existing infrastructure to newer traditional 2-socket servers to achieve a certain performance requirement, or upgrading to 4-socket servers to reduce the total number of servers deployed.  With the new Intel® Xeon® processors E5-4600 product family, customers can consolidate up to 2.5x more VMs by choosing 4-socket server deployments over the 2-socket servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series.

Move up from 2-socket with enhanced performance

General purpose applications

Middle-tier operations

Virtualized data center

  • Data center infrastructure management using VMmark* 2

Optimized configurations

Energy efficient performance

Value options

Modernize and Virtualize Your Data Center for Reduced Operational Expenses

VMmark* is a free tool that hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors and other organizations use to measure the performance and scalability of applications running in virtualized environments. VMmark enables users to:

  • Measure virtual datacenter performance accurately and reliably
  • View and compare the performance of different hardware and virtualization platforms

VMware® VMmark® is a product of VMware, Inc. See http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/ for more information.

VMmark 2 benchmark result: score at number of tiles (higher is better).

Modernize and Virtualize Your Data Center for Reduced Operational Expenses

Configuration Details: Virtualized Server Consolidation Performance Using VMmark* v2.1

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Comparison of 2-socket performance based on top 2-node VMmark results using 2-socket Intel® Xeon® 5600 processors and 2-socket Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processors as of June 5, 2012.

Comparison of 2-socket to 4-socket scalability based on comparing the VMmark results using 2-socket Intel® Xeon® 5600 processors and 4-socket Intel® Xeon® E5-4600 processors as of June 5, 2012.


Intel® Xeon® Processor X5690 Platform

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690-Based Platform

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4650-Based Platform


Fujitsu PRIMERGY* RX300 S6

HP ProLiant* DL360p G8

HP ProLiant* DL560 G8

Number of processors




Number of cores / threads

6/12 per processor

8/16 per processor

8/16 per processor

Processor speed

3.46 GHz

2.9 GHz

2.7 GHz

Last level cache

12 MB

20 MB

20 MB

Platform manufacturer




System memory

96 GB DDR3-1333

256 GB DDR3-1600

512 GB DDR3-1600

Link speed

6.4 GT/s QPI

8.0 GT/s QPI

8.0 GT/s QPI


VMware ESX* 4.1 U1

VMware ESX 4.1 U2

VMware ESX* 4.1 U2

Publication Date







Self published to http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA4-2094ENW.pdf

Additional information: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Product and Performance Information


1. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

2. Relative performance for each benchmark is calculated by taking the actual benchmark result for the first platform tested and assigning it a value of 1.0 as a baseline. Relative performance for the remaining platforms tested was calculated by dividing the actual benchmark result for the baseline platform into each of the specific benchmark results of each of the other platforms and assigning them a relative performance number that correlates with the performance improvements reported.

3. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology: See the Processor Spec Finder at http://ark.intel.com or contact your Intel representative for more information.

4. Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html.

5. Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) requires a computer system with a processor supporting Intel HT Technology and an Intel HT Technology-enabled chipset, BIOS, and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support Intel HT Technology, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/hyper-threading/hyper-threading-technology.html.

6. Intel® processor numbers are not a measure of performance. Processor numbers differentiate features within each processor family, not across different processor families. See www.intel.com/content/www/uk/en/processors/processor-numbers.html for details.

7. Intel® products are not intended for use in medical, life saving, life sustaining, critical control or safety systems, or in nuclear facility applications. All dates and products specified are for planning purposes only and are subject to change without notice.