4th Gen Intel Xeon Outperforms Competition on Real-World Workloads

With the launch of 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors in January 2023, Intel delivered significant advancements in performance with industry-leading Intel accelerator engines and improved performance per watt across key workloads like AI, data analytics, high performance computing (HPC) and others. The industry has taken notice: 4th Gen Xeon has seen a rapid ramp, global customer adoption and leadership performance on a myriad of critical workloads for a broad range of business use cases.

Today, after weeks of rigorous and comprehensive head-to-head testing against the most comparable competitive processors, Intel is sharing compelling results that go far beyond simple industry benchmarks.

“We said it at launch, and we now have the concrete data to prove it true, 4th Gen Xeon is leading the industry in powering the workloads that matter most to customers,” said Lisa Spelman, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel Xeon Products. “Like every credible news story, data-driven proof points help dispel misconceptions and demonstrate Xeon’s continued value and leadership over the competition.”

In Mainstream Compute, Faster Time to Insights and Access to Data

The most commonly deployed solutions in the market are delivered on mid-range core counts, a segment where per-core performance, power and throughput are critical key performance indicators. Knowing this, Intel compared a 32-core 4th Gen Xeon against the competition’s best mainstream 32-core part.

General-purpose benchmarks like SPEC CPU are important, but don’t tell the whole performance story for customers whose workload needs continue to evolve. The reality is that on workloads that matter most to customers, such as database, networking and storage, Xeon easily beats the competition by offering greater CPU performance, higher performance per watt and lower overall total cost of ownership (TCO). Furthermore, customers see important sustainability benefits in the form of reduced server numbers, fleet power usage and CO2 emissions.

Increased AI Efficiency Improves Customer Experience, Drives Revenue Growth

Xeon is architected for AI, and Intel’s investment in software enables and optimizes AI across all major frameworks, libraries and model types. Intel’s testing demonstrates its continued CPU leadership on AI workloads leveraging its advanced hardware acceleration technology, Intel® Advanced Matrix Extensions (Intel® AMX).

More cores aren’t always the answer to achieve optimal performance. Intel® AMX allows 4th Gen Xeon to scale at an incredible rate, beyond what’s possible with core counts alone. This leading Intel AI engine is built into each Xeon core, something the competition does not have and its customers cannot benefit from.

HPC Leadership Delivers Better Performance for Modeling, Forecasting, Predictive Simulations

When testing industry-specific HPC workloads, Intel pitted its 56-core Intel® Xeon® CPU Max Series processor featuring Intel® AVX-512 against the competition’s top-bin 96-core offering. By combining the best of compute with high memory bandwidth and Intel HPC engines, Xeon Max CPUs drive a 40% performance advantage over the competition in many real-world HPC workloads, such as earth systems modeling, energy and manufacturing.