Take a break from fantasizing about the purported price-performance ratio of Ryzen to gawp with us at Intel's new Xeon. Designated the Xeon E7-8894 v4, the new chip sports 24 hyper-threaded Broadwell cores that start at 2.4 GHz and can boost all the way up to 3.4 GHz. The chips are designed to drop into servers with up to eight sockets and 24 TB of memory per node, and they're specced for a 165W TDP.
Intel says the E7-8894 v4 is its fastest Xeon E7 processor ever. Specifically, Intel says the E7-8894 v4 is "3.69x faster than the previous generation," although Intel curiously uses the Westmere Xeon E7-8870 as its frame of reference. That was a ten-core processor running at up to 2.80 GHz, so given the core count and clock rate improvements alone we're more or less at 3.69x.
Further comparisons in the press release are made against the Xeon E7-8890 v3—a Haswell chip with 18 cores and the same 165W TDP as the new processor—which is a much more apt comparison. Against that competition, the new chip's wins are more in the 25-50% range. When we're talking about the kind of massive number-mulching that these chips are capable of, gains like those are still pretty impressive.
Naturally, top-end performance commands top-tier pricing, and Intel's recommended price for the E7-8894 v4 is nearly the same as its model number: $8898. A full complement of these chips for an 8-socket node will start at over $71,000 for CPUs alone, nevermind the 24TB of memory. I would say I'd like to have such a machine, but frankly I have no idea what I'd do with it.
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