Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2699 V3 Processors Benchmarked – 18 Cores, 36 Threads, 45 MB LLC and 145W TDP For HPC

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Aug 28, 2014
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if you thought that Intel’s Haswell-E was a beast, wait till you see the Haswell-EP and Haswell-EN lineup of processors. The Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2699 V3 is the flagship processor in the Xeon E5 V3 family which will launch in the next few months. The Xeon E5-2699 V3 processor was also listed on retail for 3,960.26 EUR and benched few months ago.Intel X99 Xeon Processors

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2699 V3 Processors Benchmarked On 2-Way Server Board

Haswell-EP will be Intel’s first native server platform to feature DDR4 memory support with speeds of 2133 MHz which will provide significant boost in bandwidth when compared to conventional DDR3-1866 MHz memory. Intel will also topple these chips with 40 PCI-Express Gen 3 lanes and we are looking at TDPs ranging between 70W to 145 Watts. Intel is planning to introduce their third LGA2011 socket type known as the LGA2011-3 which will debut along with the Haswell-E and Haswell-EP generation of microprocessor families. This has been known since a while and the socket change was expected considering the new features such as DDR4 memory supported by the platform.

For their next Xeon E5 platform, Intel is going to release the Haswell-EP generation of Xeon processors branded as the Xeon E5-2600 V3 which from an architecture perspective are a TOCK featuring the latest 4th generation Haswell microarchitecture. Based on a 22nm 3D Transistors process, the Xeon E5-2600 V3 family would support upto 18 cores per socket and 36 threads coupled with fast 45 MB LLC (Last Level Cache) and featuring both the Intel Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost technologies.

Coolaler over at his forums displayed a few of the Xeon E5 V3 chips along with several benchmarks of the CPU on a 2-Way capable motherboard. A server grade LGA 2011 V3 motherboard was spotted a while back on Ebay although it was in pretty bad condition. The one used by Coolaler is not the same but the design will be similar to the one available on Ebay. The chip used for testing included the Xeon E5-2699 V3 processors which total a core count of 18 cores and 36 threads which is insane. That along with 45 MB LLC cache on the chip and TDPs of 145W. Being the high-end chips of the Xeon E5 V3 line, the Xeon E5-2699 V3 was clocked in at 2.30 GHz at stock and features a boost clock of just 2.8 GHz. These are acceptable considering the huge core count of these processors. On 2-Way server boards, we can expect a total core count of 36 and 72 threads which is just crazy but suitable for HPC workloads.

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The testing brings up some insane numbers which we have already seen a glimpse of previously. Earlier, we saw some numbers from primelabs ran through GeekBench which was captured by the forum members over at Chiphell forums which gives a score of 3269 (Single-Core) and 70291 (Multi-Core) benchmarks. Do note that these CPUs was running them on a 2S platform so we are looking at 36 cores and 72 threads in total for the multi-core benchmark. The latest test results are provided below:

CineBench R11.5 CPU Multi-Threaded (Xeon E5-2699 V3 vs Core i7-5960X):

  • Intel Xeon E5-2699 V3 @ 2.7 GHz: 24.63 Points
  • Intel Xeon E5-2699 V3 @ 2.9 GHz: 25.98 Points
  • Intel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5 GHz: 18.16 Points
Intel Ivy Bridge-EP Intel Haswell-EP Intel Broadwell-EP
Series Xeon E5-2600 v2 Xeon E5-2600 v3 Xeon E5-2600 v4
Max Cores 12 14-18 18
Threads 24 28-36 36
LLC Cache 30 MB L3 35-45 MB L3 45 MB L3
Memory DDR3-1866 DDR4-2133 DDR4-2400
Memory Population Quad Channel DDR3 Quad Channel DDR4 (3 LRDIMM) Quad Channel DDR4 (3DS LRDIMM)
Chipset C610 ‘Wellsburg’ C610 ‘Wellsburg’ C610 ‘Wellsburg’
TDP 130W 145W (160W Workstation Only) 145W (160W Workstation Only)
Launch IDF 2013 IDF 2014? IDF 2015?

 Intel Xeon E5-2699 V3 Processor Benchmarks (Images Courtesy of Coolaler):Intel Xeon E5-2699 V3 Performance Intel Xeon E5-2699 V3 Cinebench R11.5 Intel Xeon E5-2699 V3 Cinebench OpenGL

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