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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  • dgingeri - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    It would be interesting to get comparative data on the 2124G and the 2126G to see if 4/8 or 6/6 would perform better.
  • dgingeri - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    er, sorry, meant the 2144G, not the 2124G.
  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - link

    In my experience, real cores perform better than hyper-threaded cores. So I would be on the 6/6.
  • yankeeDDL - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    Is it me of the $328 xeon often loses (and sometimes by a sizable margin) to the $199 Ryzen 2600?
  • RSAUser - Monday, March 11, 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. That's why I mentioned including TR in the benchmarks, or at least the 2700X.

    This is going to be interesting when AMD releases their 7nm products.
  • SaturnusDK - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    All AMD CPUs based on Zen or Zen+ supports EEC RAM. It's up to the MB manufacturer if they have included the support on their MBs. For any workstation build where you don't need the memory bandwidth or superior number of PCIe lanes the TR series offer, you'd use the Ryzen Pro series, not the consumer desktop series.
  • mode_13h - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    I seem to recall reading that at least some of the Zen-based APUs are lacking ECC-support. I'd love to be proven wrong...
  • notashill - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - link

    AMD has directly confirmed that all Raven Ridge APUs support ECC.

  • Yorgos - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - link

    You seem to know nothing.
  • ondma - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    The 2600 goes over its TDP as well. It actually goes over its TDP by 20%, pretty much the same percentage as the hex core Intel cpus. And as usual, Anand is using an antiquated dgpu for the gaming tests.

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