Intel Xeon 2697 V2 24 Core 48 Thread Madness Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel Xeon E5-2697v2 Review


Fantastic though desktop CPUs are, if you really want enough calculation performance to make your jaw drop you have to move towards the Xeon offerings which are designed for the workstation environment.

We've looked at a few Xeons before and, whilst we'd never dedicate ourselves to something that's beyond the reach of nearly the entirety of our audience, sometimes it's nice to see what is potentially possible at the very edge of technology. Almost every major player in the TOP500 list of computing power is based around the Intel Xeon CPUs, and they also give us an indication of where our future desktops will be.

It was only 10 years ago that the first dual-core CPUs appeared, and yet we already couldn't imagine ever buying a single core CPU again. So to see that the E5-2697v2 comes with a massive 12 Cores has us lusting for some theoretical i7 of the future. So with the understanding that to nearly all of us this is just about stunning numbers rather than advice about a potential purchase, let's see what the latest Intel Xeon brings to the party.

Technical Specifications

Launch DateQ3'13
Processor NumberE5-2697V2
# of Cores12
# of Threads24
Clock Speed2.7 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.5 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache30 MB
Intel® QPI Speed8 GT/s
# of QPI Links2
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® AVX
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography22 nm
Scalability2S Only
Max TDP130 W
VID Voltage Range0.65–1.30V
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Most Recent Comments

31-01-2014, 05:09:45

My dangly bits tingled during the Cinebench run
Highest score i've had on my 2500k is about 7.9 and that took a good 30secs, maybe more to complete the render test.

I would love to have two of these Xeons but 1. I can't afford them and 2. I have no use for them anyway, so it would be a waste.
I still want them though!! Quote

31-01-2014, 06:18:06

I would love to see you guys putting Ubuntu on this rig and running The Phoronix Test Suite. Get all of those cores up and running. Running a desktop OS on this rig may be selling it short.

Thinking about it the test suite is something you guys might want to look into as it can running on Windows and automates benchmarks and might become a tool that could be used across the board.Quote

31-01-2014, 08:09:14

I'm a virtualisation consultant and we generally only buy Xeons, and while these are a 'headline' product for Intel very few will be sold simply because their $/£-per-core cost is disproportionately high compared to the ten-core E5-2670 v2 or E5-2680 v2. That said it's always nice to see a company pushing the envelope and of course in about five years our phones will have many cores Quote

31-01-2014, 11:41:12

can i get this for my super happybirthday for free? Quote

31-01-2014, 11:59:02

I love these overkill3D videos/reviews, so much power, so little reason for almost anyone to buy.

A good watch and read all the same.Quote

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