Today we are looking at the Intel Xeon E5-2430L in a dual CPU configuration. The Intel Xeon E5-2430L is a low power socket LGA1356 processor. With the LGA1356 platform one has triple channel memory and fewer PCIe 3.0 lanes (24) versus the LGA2011 platform. What one gains is access to a lower power consumption platform. The Intel Xeon E5-2430L is a six-core CPU with 15MB cache and a 60w TDP. Clock speeds are 2.0GHz base with upt to 25.GHz Turbo and Hyper-Threading to round out features. Let’s take a look at the Intel Xeon E5-2430L’s performance when installed in a dual CPU configuration.
Dual Intel Xeon E5-2430L Test Configuration
We have not seen too many server systems hit the market with dual Intel Xeon E5-2400 LGA1356 CPUs which made it hard to build a similar configuration. Intel Xeon E5-2600 series LGA 2011 CPUs and an associated dual-socket server motherboard usually has more expansion capabilities and tends to be similarly priced. We picked the Intel Xeon E5-2430L as a low cost and low power configuration option. We use many of the low power chips in the labs and they are great for applications like web hosting.
- CPUs: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2430L
- Motherboard: ASUS Z9NA-D6
- Memory: 6x 4GB Kingston unbuffered ECC 1333MHz DIMMs
- SSD: Corsair Force3 120GB, OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2x OCZ Agility 3 120GB
- Power Supply: Corsair AX850 850w 80 Plus Gold
- Chassis: Norco RPC-4220
- Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 Server and Windows Server 2008 R2
The performance suite is evolving but these applications give a fairly good cross-section of performance. Clearly, one would expect a different workload between the Intel Xeon E5-2687W CPU or a quad Opteron system and something found in a low-end, low-power server like a Pentium G630.
We have been using Cinebench benchmarks for years but have held off using them on ServeTheHome.com because the primary focus of the site until the past few months has been predominantly storage servers. With the expansion of the site’s scope, Cinebench has been added to the test suite because it does represent a valuable benchmark of multi-threaded performance. We have had quite a few readers contact me about this type of performance for things like servers that are Adobe CS6 compute nodes and similar applications. Cinebench R11.5 is something that anyone can run on their Windows machines to get a relative idea of performance across CPUs as the application does scale very well across architectures and core/ thread counts.
As we can see here, the dual Intel Xeon E5-2430L platform is a strong performer falling just shy of the dual Intel Xeon L5640 system.
7-Zip Compression Benchmark
7-Zip is an immensely popular compression application with an easy to use benchmark and has been a staple on this site for years. The 32MB benchmark size is used here to fit into low memory systems and virtual machines.
Again the dual Intel Xeon E5-2430L platform shows solid speeds in 7-Zip. The chips actually outperform the low power AMD Opteron 6166HE dodeca core chips.
TrueCrypt Encryption Benchmarks
Truecrypt AES results show de-facto encryption acceleration. For example, users of Solaris 11 can utilize the AES acceleration features to see much higher throughput on encrypted volumes. Both AMD and Intel offer AES acceleration on their newer chips, so this is a fairly level benchmark and we use the 1GB size to produce more consistent results.
TrueCrypt was very interesting because we see solid AES performance, but not quite what we were expecting performance wise. We will look into this one further in a few days as there seems to be something out of line here.
Handbrake 0.9.5 x264 Encoding Benchmarks
I am still using Handbrake v0.9.5 simply because the Handbrake team does do some nice tweaking between annual versions and all of the other CPUs have been tested with v0.9.5. We will begin to collect data on v0.9.6 and start using that once we have critical mass. Either way, Handbrake is an extremely popular x264 encoding and transcoding application as it is very common practice these days to encode video for various tablets, phones and other devices. These transcode also take a fair amount of time so having faster CPUs is important.
In terms of Handbrake, it appears as though the new architecture performs well against the older generation Intel Xeon L5640’s. This is back to the performance we expect.
For these tests we measure using an Extech 380803 True RMS power analyzer. The Extech is a really nice unit that even records usage over time.
In terms of power consumption, the dual Intel Xeon E5-2430L platform does fairly well. It should be noted that the Intel Xeon L5640 system was a bit different impacting its idle and load numbers. On the other hand, the difference in idle to load power consumption is very interesting. These chips do run very cool.
Overall the Intel Xeon E5-2430L is a fairly strong performer, especially given the low power consumption figures we are seeing. These prove to be strong alternatives to the previous generation Intel Xeon L5638 / L5640 chips, bringing 1600MHz memory support, support for larger DIMMs and other Intel Xeon E5 enhancements to space.