Intel Broadwell-EP Xeon E5-2600 V4 Lineup Leaked – Xeon E5-2699 V4 To Feature 22 Cores, 44 Threads and 55 MB Cache

Dec 9, 2015

Intel’s next generation Broadwell-EP family of Xeon processors that will power the enterprise market is headed for launch in Q1 2016. The Broadwell-EP family will include the latest Xeon E5-2600 V4 processors, that will be aimed at the server and workstation market (Efficient Performance 2S/Performance), remaining compatible on the current generation Grantley-EP platform. The details regarding the Broadwell-EP SKUs have been leaked by Chinese forums which show the top-to-bottom Xeon V4 lineup.

Intel’s Broadwell-EP Lineup Leaked – Several Xeon E5-2600 V4 Series Chips Detailed

The leaked information consists of details about 12 upcoming, Xeon E5-2600 V4 processors (branded under the Broadwell-EP family). These include the flagship Xeon E5-2699 V4 processor which packs insane specs and offer up to 22 cores to users who demand that kind of performance for the respective workloads in the workstation market. The list of these processors can be found below (Do note that there could be more SKUs in the line up that we don’t know about but the ones listed below are confirmed):

  • Intel Xeon E5-2699 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2698 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2697 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2695 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2690 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2689 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2687 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2680 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2678 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2666 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2660 V4
  • Intel Xeon E5-2650 V4

The top brass in the Broadwell-EP family consists of the Xeon E5-2699 V4 and the Xeon E5-2698 V4 processors which feature improved specifications over their predecessors in terms of core count. First up, we are looking at the flagship offering in the family known as the Xeon E5-2699 V4 which features the highest core count Intel has offered to date. With 22 cores and a multi-threaded design offering 44 threads, the chip packs insane CPU performance. With 2.5 MB cache scattered across each core, the die packs 55 MB L3 cache and is clocked at a range of 2.2 GHz base clock and up to 3.6 GHz boost clock. The entire chip has a TDP of 145W with workstation offerings of the chip going up to 160W.

The Xeon E5-2698 V4 processor features a core clock of 2.10 GHz and a boost clock of 3.5 GHz across 20 cores which are hyper-threaded down to 40 threads. The CPU block is partitioned into several cache blocks with each core housing 2.5 MB L3 cache which equals a total of 50 MB L3 cache on this processor. The maximum core clock is suggested around 3.5 GHz (boost) while the chip has a TDP range of 135W. Compared to the E5-2698 V3 which had 16 cores, 32 threads, 40 MB L3 cache and a core clock ranging from 2.3 GHz to 3.6 GHz, the V4 is an incremental increase since it’s also based on an improved 14 nm process node. Both processors will be able to support DDR4 (Quad Channel) memory with speeds of (up to) 2400 MHz. Details for the remaining chips are not fully disclosed but some bits and pieces are known which can be seen in the table posted below.

Intel Broadwell-EP Xeon E5-2600 V4 Processors (Preliminary Data):

Intel Broadwell-EP Lineup:

SKU Name Cores/Threads Base Clock L3 Cache (LLC) TDP Price
Intel Xeon E5-2699A V4 22/44 2.4 GHz 55 MB 145W $4938 US
Intel Xeon E5-2699 V4 22/44 2.2 GHz 55 MB 145W $4115 US
Intel Xeon E5-2698 V4 20/40 2.2 GHz 50 MB 135W $3228 US
Intel Xeon E5-2697A V4 16/32 2.6 GHz 40 MB 145W $2891 US
Intel Xeon E5-2697 V4 18/36 2.3 GHz 45 MB 145W $2702 US
Intel Xeon E5-2695 V4 18/36 2.1 GHz 45 MB 120W $2424 US
Intel Xeon E5-2696 V4 22/44 2.1 GHz 55 MB 150W $2321 US
Intel Xeon E5-2690 V4 14/28 2.6 GHz 35 MB 135W $2090 US
Intel Xeon E5-2687W V4 12/24 3.0 GHz 30 MB 160W $2141 US
Intel Xeon E5-2683 V4 16/32 2.1 GHz 40 MB 120W $1846 US
Intel Xeon E5-2680 V4 14/28 2.4 GHz 35 MB 120W $1745 US
Intel Xeon E5-2667 V4 8/16 3.2 GHz 35 MB 135W $2057 US
Intel Xeon E5-2660 V4 14/28 2.0 GHz 35 MB 105W $1445 US
Intel Xeon E5-2650L V4 14/28 1.7 GHz 35 MB 65W $1329 US
Intel Xeon E5-2650 V4 12/24 2.2 GHz 30 MB 105W $1166 US
Intel Xeon E5-2643 V4 6/12 3.4 GHz 10 MB 135W $1552 US
Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4 10/20 2.4 GHz 25 MB 90W $939 US
Intel Xeon E5-2637 v4 4/8 3.5 GHz 5 MB 135W $996 US
Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 10/20 2.2 GHz 25 MB 85W $667 US
Intel Xeon E5-2630L v4 10/20 1.8 GHz 25 MB 55W $612 US
Intel Xeon E5-2623 V4 4/8 2.6 GHz 5 MB 85W $444 US
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 8/16 2.1 GHz 20 MB 85W $417 US
Intel Xeon E5-2609 V4 8/8 1.7 GHz 20 MB 85W $306 US
Intel Xeon E5-2603 v4 6/6 1.7 GHz 10 MB 85W $213 US

The Grantley and Brickland platform which will support the new Broadwell-EP and EX chip models (respectively) has already spanned the market for three generations. These include Ivy Bridge EP/EX V2, Haswell-EP/EX V3 and the latest Broadwell-EP/EX V4 processors. Broadwell-EP/EX V4 processors will be the last processors to arrive as Intel phases out their current platform and move to the new Purely Platform for Skylake and Cannonlake processors. The new Broadwell-EP/EX series will have a launch schedule as detailed below:

  • Broadwell-EP E5 V4 family of processors will be landing in the first half of 2016. This will consist of the Broadwell EP series of processors for one. Which include the Xeon E5 1600 v4 and E5 2600 v4 family of processors for both single and dual socket motherboards. The E5 1600 v4 series will have upto 8 cores whieas the 2600v4 series will rock upto 22 cores and have full support of DDR4 2400 memory. The platform will be compatible with the C610 series chipset. The Broadwell-EP 4S platform (upto 4 sockets on one motherboard) consisting of the Xeon E5 4600 v4 will be launched sometime in Q2 2016.
  • Broadwell-EP E7 V4 family of processors, constituting the Broadwell-EX platform, and the nomenclature range of E7 4800v4 and E7 8800 v4 will be launched in Q2 2016. It will also be compatible with the existing Brickland platform.
  • The Xeon Phi X200 series of products (Knights Landing) will be available in Q3 2016. Knight’s Landing was built on the 14nm Process and uses modified silvermont cores (x86 ofcourse). It is also one of the first mass produced components developed for this market segment that features stacked DRAM.

We have also seen some benchmarks of the new chips which include the 20 core Xeon E5-2698 V4 and the 14 core Xeon E5-2680 V4 chips. Both chips are marked as QS (Qualification Samples) so final clock speeds and the performance numbers are expected to change when these chips are available to enterprise users. The Xeon E5-2600 V4 processors will be ready to ship in Q1 2016 followed by the 4S and 8S enterprise solutions in mid 2016.

Intel’s Current/Future Generation Xeon Families:

Product Family Intel Xeon E5-2600/4600 V4 Intel Xeon E7-8800/4800 V4 Intel Xeon E5-2600/4600 V5 Intel Xeon E7-8800/4800 V5 Intel Xeon E5-2600/4600 V6 Intel Xeon E7-8800/4800 V6
Family Branding Broadwell-EP Broadwell-EX Skylake-EP Skylake-EX Cannonlake-EP Cannonlake-EX
Process Node 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm 10nm 10nm
Xeon Platform Intel Grantley Intel Brickland Intel Purely Intel Purely Intel Purley Intel Purley
PCH C610 Series C602J Series Lewisburg PCH Lewisburg PCH Lewisburg PCH Lewisburg PCH
Socket Socket R3 Socket R1 Socket P Socket P Socket P Socket P
Omni-Path (Interconnect) N/A N/A Storm Lake Gen1 Storm Lake Gen1 Storm Lake Gen1 Storm Lake Gen1
Max Core Count 22 24 26 28 30-32? 32-34?
Max Thread Count 44 48 52 56 60-64? 64-68?
Max L3 Cache 55 MB 60 MB 65 MB 70 MB 75-80? 80-85?
Max PCI-Express Lanes 40 PCI-E Gen3 32 PCI-E Gen3 48 PCI-E Gen3 48 PCI-E Gen3 >48 PCI-E Gen3 >48 PCI-E Gen3
DDR4 Memory Support 4-Channel DDR4 4-Channel DDR4 6-Channel DDR4 6-Channel DDR4 6-Channel DDR4 6-Channel DDR4
TDP Range 55-145W 115-165W 45-160W 110-160W 45-160W 110-160W
Launch Expected Q1 2016 Q2 2016 1H 2017 2017 2018 2018