With the ever increasing need for more processing power, processor manufacturers always strive hard to develop newer processing chips that can handle more and more executions per second. Among the leading CPU manufacturers are Intel and AMD and they’ve always brought some of the best features and the latest innovations in the computing world. However, when it comes server computing, it seems that Intel is the most commonly used processing chip.
Dedicated server hosting providers like Server Mania, Hostgator and GoDaddy often offers Intel-based dedicated servers and as such, the latest processing chips being used in dedicated servers are almost always Intel Xeon processors.
Intel’s Xeon E7 v4
With intel’s latest release, the Xeon E7 v4, handling real-time analytics has become much better. In addition to that, it is the world’s largest memory capacity per socket amounting up to 3TB. Intel says that it has more powerful security and provides up to 70% increase in encryption performance per core. That means data can be encrypted without the need for consuming a large amount of power. This new processor boasts 24 cores, allowing it to handle more data per second compared to its predecessors.
Launched June 6, 2016, Intel’s highest end E7 v4 processor is the Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4. Priced at $7,174, this monstrous CPU boasts 24 cores and 48 threads with a base frequency of 2.2 GHz and a max turbo frequency of 3.4 GHz. Its cache is a massive 60MB, allowing the processor to handle more executions in a very fast speed.
Compared to IBM Power8, Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 performs up to 1.4x better for as low as 50% of the system power and comes with 10x better performance per dollar claims Intel.
Choosing the CPU
If you are well versed in building desktop PCs, you’re probably confident that you can apply the same experience in choosing server CPUs. Well, you could use some of your knowledge, but relying entirely on it isn’t a good idea.
Server CPUs tend to be the powerhouses of the CPU world. They should be able to process tons of data within a short amount of time. Therefore, it is important to take the needs of your server into consideration when choosing for a server CPU.
The more cores your server CPU has, the better. You don’t need higher clocks; more cores are much better. For example, you get a six-core 3.3 GHz and a ten core 2.5 GHz, the latter will outperform the first one by a large margin.
CPU threading abilities is also an important thing to consider. Cores determine how many threads of information a CPU can handle but the threading technology the CPU uses will determine the exact data of how much data a CPU can process. A CPU with the hyper-threading ability is generally recommended.…