Test Bed and Setup

As per our processor testing policy, we take a premium category motherboard suitable for the socket, and equip the system with a suitable amount of memory running at the manufacturer's maximum supported frequency. This is also typically run at JEDEC subtimings where possible. It is noted that some users are not keen on this policy, stating that sometimes the maximum supported frequency is quite low, or faster memory is available at a similar price, or that the JEDEC speeds can be prohibitive for performance. While these comments make sense, ultimately very few users apply memory profiles (either XMP or other) as they require interaction with the BIOS, and most users will fall back on JEDEC supported speeds - this includes home users as well as industry who might want to shave off a cent or two from the cost or stay within the margins set by the manufacturer. Where possible, we will extend out testing to include faster memory modules either at the same time as the review or a later date.

Test Setup
Intel Xeon E-2186G

v1 TRUE Copper Corsair Ballistix
E3-1280 v5
E3-1275 v5
E3-1270 v5
X170-Extreme ECC
F21e Silverstone
G.Skill RipjawsV
Intel i9-9900K
ASRock Z390
Gaming i7
P1.70 TRUE Copper Crucial Ballistix
Intel i7-8086K
ASRock Z390
Gaming i7
P1.70 TRUE Copper Crucial Ballistix
4x4 GB
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Ryzen 5 2600X
ASRock X370
Gaming K4
P4.80 Wraith Max* G.Skill SniperX
GPU Sapphire RX 460 2GB (CPU Tests)
MSI GTX 1080 Gaming 8G (Gaming Tests)
PSU Corsair AX860i
Corsair AX1200i
SSD Crucial MX200 1TB
OS Windows 10 x64 RS3 1709
Spectre and Meltdown Patched
*VRM Supplimented with SST-FHP141-VF 173 CFM fans

Many thanks to...

We must thank the following companies for kindly providing hardware for our multiple test beds. Some of this hardware is not in this test bed specifically, but is used in other testing.

Hardware Providers
Sapphire RX 460 Nitro MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X OC Crucial MX200 +
MX500 SSDs
Corsair AX860i +
AX1200i PSUs
G.Skill RipjawsV,
SniperX, FlareX
Crucial Ballistix
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  • mode_13h - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    Those interested in ECC-support should also consider Intel's Core i3 CPUs. Most of those also support ECC. Do check their site, to be certain:

  • mode_13h - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    Also, it should go without saying that you need to pair it with a motherboard with ECC support. Reply
  • mode_13h - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    For instance, compare the E-2174G with the i3-8350K:

  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    Thanks Ian! While I know that my following suggestion might be overly simple, I like to also look at the value for money, especially for business tech like that. To do so, I simply divide the benchmarks by the price, resulting in performance/$ . If nothing else, it makes it easier to compare hardware that is at least within a certain range. Doing that, the Ryzen 2600 is the overall price/performance champion, whereas the Xeon 2146G is the likely choice if more speed and other features become important. I don't see much upside in the premium four core (2174G) over the (cheaper and usually faster ) six core 2146G. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    This didn't make it into my comment:
    Question @Ian: I saw you mention the performance /price once in your article, but is there a way to show that" Bang for the Buck" in a summary graph? I believe it might help put things into perspective, especially when comparing CPUs or GPUs where the most expensive costs 2-3 times as much as the cheapest.
  • msroadkill612 - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - link

    The 2600 is on sale for 7 days at newegg for $165, but it seems the going regular price for it atm. Reply
  • msroadkill612 - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - link

    TLDR,but buyers should also consider cooling and mobo relative costs also. afaik, many, if not all intels have no cooler, whereas tha amd included ones are regarded as qyute decent if not overclocking. Reply
  • peevee - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - link

    What a terrible mess the whole Intel lineup is. Reply
  • bimuzubi - Sunday, December 8, 2019 - link

    Definitely, but here the power envelope is important for the test, which Anandtech doesn't seem to give. It's quite worrisome how most of those Xeons are operating outside of their power envelope, that E-2174G that you are referring to is pulling 85W for a rated 71W, so Intel gives a P2 power limit. Why bother with the normal TDP then? The 2600 seems to be owning price/performance and TDP/performance. Question there is EEC memory support, and the guarantee/testing including with Xeons https://adultpornroll.com/category/asian-porn-tube... . That's why I mentioned including TR in the benchmarks, or at least the 2700X. Reply

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