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Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

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Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

The Intel® Xeon® processor E5 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, 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. 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. Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family—versatile processors at the heart of today’s data center.

Move up from 2-socket with enhanced performance

General purpose applications

Middle-tier operations

Virtualized data center

Optimized configurations

Energy efficient performance

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  • Improved total cost of ownership

Flexibility in technical computing

Consider 4-Socket Servers Instead of 2-Socket Servers to Reduce Your TCO by up to 70%

When considering server purchases, it may be time to consider adding additional headroom for growth in your space- and/or power-constrained data center. There are many factors to consider when making the buying decision, but if performance is key for future growth and spikes, it may make sense to step up to the new 4-socket servers based on Intel® Xeon® processors E5-4600 product family.

For this comparison, we assumed 135 servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5606 and 100 servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2609 which equates to similar performance of 32 servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-4607. Fewer servers deployed results in a lower total server hardware acquisition cost and thus fewer OS licenses required to purchase and maintain. Fewer servers and improved density also translates to lower data center power and cooling costs as well as less server maintenance required. All of this culminates in an estimated 4-year total cost of ownership (TCO) advantage up to 70%.

Different comparisons in system configuration and performance benchmarks may yield different results. Other than the obvious change in processor SKU, one change in hardware configuration that may impact the TCO advantage is memory population. The larger the memory footprint assumed, the higher the impact on the total server acquisition cost and the larger the difference between the memory subsystem cost for both 2S and 4S platforms. This is because the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family has twice the memory capacity and thus can optimize the memory subsystem cost compared to the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family, allowing for use of lower-cost DIMM densities. Based on January 2012 pricing, the memory capacity at which systems based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family see an advantage over the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family is 256 GB and above. (Of course, memory pricing changes regularly, so customers should perform their own analysis to determine their TCO advantages.)

Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

Total cost of ownership over a 4-year period: Total dollars spent (LOWER is better)

Consider 4-Socket Servers Instead of 2-Socket Servers to Reduce Your TCO by up to 52%

Configuration Details: TCO

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As of May 14, 2012, 4-Year TCO savings configuration assumptions

System memory 192GB memory configuration for all systems. OS = MS Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition; no additional SW application or licensing costs included.

  • Up to 70% 4-year TCO savings based on Intel estimates by comparing 135 2S Intel® Xeon® processor E5606-based servers to 30 4S Intel® Xeon® processor E5-4607-based servers that provide equivalent total server performance using Intel estimates of SPECint*_rate_base2006. The 4-year TCO savings based on:
  • Intel estimate of 105 fewer servers in the data center by purchasing the 4S servers results in:
  • server acquisition cost of $1,067,715 (135 servers at $7,909 each) for the 2S vs. $324,736 (30 servers at $10,824 each),
  • server maintenance savings of $51,500,
  • infrastructure (network, rack/floor space and utility) savings of $163,710,
  • and OS license savings of $411,897.
  • Up to 43% 4-year TCO savings based on Intel estimates by comparing 100 2S Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2609-based servers to 30 4S Intel® Xeon® processor E5-4607-based servers that provide equivalent total server performance using Intel estimates of SPECint*_rate_base2006. The 4-year TCO savings based on:
  • Intel estimate of 70 fewer servers in the data center by purchasing the 4S servers results in:
  • server acquisition cost of $463,400 (100 servers at $4,634 each) for the 2S vs. $324,736 (30 servers at $10,824 each),
  • server maintenance savings of $34,000,
  • infrastructure (network, rack/floor space and utility) savings of $88,941,
  • and OS license savings of $271,932.

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5606-Based Platform

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2609-Based Platform

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4607-Based Platform

System

2-socket Intel® 5520 Chipset-based server

2-socket Intel® C606 Chipset-based server

4-socket Intel® C606 Chipset-based server

Number of processors

2

2

4

Number of cores / threads

4/4 per processor

4/4 per processor

6/12 per processor

Processor rated frequency

2.13 GHz

2.40 GHz

2.20 GHz

Last level cache

8 MB

10 MB

12 MB

System memory

192 GB

192 GB

192 GB

Link speed

4.8 GT/s QPI

8.0 GT/s QPI

8.0 GT/s QPI

Operating system

Microsoft Windows Server* 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition

Microsoft Windows Server* 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition

Microsoft Windows Server* 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition

Source

Intel internal estimates

Intel internal estimates

Intel internal estimates

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

Product and Performance Information

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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.