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Our Intel Xeon Gold 6130 benchmark and review piece has been a long time coming. You may have seen some of the data pop up in other reviews. This is the last CPU in the Intel Xeon Gold 613x series that we had to review. It is certainly an interesting SKU combining solid core count (16 cores) with mid-range clock speeds. At the same time, it is a clear jump over the Intel Xeon Gold 5120 series in some areas which we are going to highlight. e7-8870 v2

Key stats for the Intel Xeon Gold 6130: 16 cores / 32 threads, 2.1GHz base and 3.7GHz turbo with 22MB L3 cache. The CPU features a 125W TDP. Here is the ARK page with the feature set.

Here is what the lscpu output looks like for the chips:

Intel Xeon Gold 6130 Lscpu

This is the last SKU that we had to benchmark in this range. Here are the links to the other pieces:

Looking to comparables from the previous generation, the closest SKU is the Intel Xeon E5-2683 V4. One gets a new set of features with the new SKU and a greatly enhanced single thread performance capability with this generation.

Let us cover our test configuration before getting into the details of our Intel Xeon Gold 6130 review.

Test Configuration

Here is our basic test configuration for single-socket Xeon Scalable systems:

  • Motherboard: Supermicro X11SPH-nCTF
  • CPU: Intel Xeon Gold 6130
  • RAM: 6x 16GB DDR4-2666 RDIMMs (Micron)
  • SSD: Intel DC S3710 400GB
  • SATADOM: Supermicro 32GB SATADOM

    Supermicro X11SPH NCTF Airflow

Realistically, we expect these to be deployed in dual socket scenarios. We wanted to quickly generate a large number of test results, so we are going through a series of single socket results first. This is a decent system with 96GB of RAM, but it can be expanded to 768GB as needs arise. The other important aspect is that we are keeping this test system stable and consistent for our benchmarking so we can have reliable power and performance numbers. Our readers often wonder, “which CPU should I get?” and that question often has three parts:

  1. What is the cost?
  2. What is the performance?
  3. What is the impact on the price/ performance ratio of my applications?

Our goal with this series is to help our readers understand a relative performance ranking between CPUs. That way if you see two options in your configurator or from a sales rep quote, you have some idea of what you are getting with each option.

Next, we are going to look at the Intel Xeon Gold 6130 benchmarks. After that, we are going to discuss power consumption as well as market positioning before concluding with our final thoughts.



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