Intel Xeon Processor E5 v4 Family Debut: Dual E5-2697 v4 With 72 Threads Tested

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CPU, Memory, Financial & Scientific Analysis Benchmarks

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2016, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran five of the built-in sub-system tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2016 suite with a pair of Intel's new Xeon E5-2697 v4 series processors (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Cache and Memory, and Multi-Core Efficiency). In addition to the sub-system tests, we also ran some of the multi-threaded benchmarks available within SANDRA, including the Financial Analysis, Cryptography, and Scientific Analysis tests.

All of the scores reported below were taken with the processors running at their default frequencies (2.3GHz base) with 256GB of DDR4-2400 RAM.

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2016
Synthetic Benchmarks
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Processor Arithmetic
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Processor Multimedia
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Memory Bandwidth
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Cache & Memory

In the Processor Arithmetic and Multimedia benchmarks, the dual Xeon E5-2697 v4 processors performed right in-line with the previous-gen E5-2697 v3. In the Memory Bandwidth and Cache and Memory tests, however, the Xeon E5-2697 v4 put up slightly better performance, with aggregate memory bandwidth falling in the 107GB/s - 111GB/s range.

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Multi-Core Efficiency
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Financial Analysis
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Scientific Analysis

The Xeon E5-2697 v4 system offered significantly better scores in the Multi-Core Efficiency test, however, versus the Xeon E5 v3 system, especially in the 4x4kB and 4x64kB Chain Length x Data Sets. Versus the Xeon E5-2697 v3 system, the newer v4 Xeons offered up to 30% better performance in the Financial and Scientific Analysis tests. And in the Cryptography benchmarks the Xeon E5-2697 v4 system offered an approximate 81% uplift in performance.

Memory Read, Write, Copy Benchmarks

We also have a trio of memory benchmarks from AIDA64. Below are results with the dual-CPU Xeon E5-2697 v4 based system in the memory read, write and copy benchmarks...

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AIDA64 Memory Read

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AIDA64 Memory Write

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AIDA64 Memory Copy

In the three AIDA64 memory tests we ran, the Xeon E5-2697 v4 offered between 116GB/s and 139GB/s and topped the charts of comparison data, thanks to the higher DDR4 speeds supported by the platform.

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