Intel Xeon Bronze
One of the key advantages the Intel Xeon Bronze series has is the ability to use up to 12 DIMMs per socket. Intel’s embedded platforms cannot do this in 2017. DDR4-2133 is the fastest memory supported on the Xeon Bronze platform which is why we are not using faster speeds.
Again, in terms of market segmentation, the Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 is a successor to the Intel Xeon E5-2609 V4. These are chips designed for applications where you need minimal compute power and and where you are looking to spend as little as possible to boot your Xeon Scalable based server.
NAMD is a molecular modeling benchmark developed by the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More information on the benchmark can be found here. We are going to augment this with GROMACS in the next-generation Linux-Bench in the near future. With GROMACS we have been working hard to support Intel’s Skylake AVX-512 and AVX2 supporting AMD Zen architecture. Here are the comparison results for the legacy data set.
When we first came out with Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 benchmarks, we were immediately asked about the other end of the spectrum. The Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 is a very interesting processor. Anyone buying the Bronze 3106 is essentially saying they are not looking for the lowest cost processor (Bronze 3104), but they are not concerned with getting the significant performance boost from the Intel Xeon Silver 4108.
Although we published the AMD EPYC 7601 Benchmarks Part 1, AMD does not have a direct competitor for the single socket Intel Xeon Bronze (as of 2017-08-11) in the price bracket as the least expensive AMD EPYC is about 50% more than the Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 (just over $300 v. over $450) and has a higher TDP. Systems that use Intel Xeon Bronze CPUs often have 1-12 hard drives and are where getting the lowest cost CPU is available. If you want to see an example of the configuration these chips target, check out our HPE ProLiant DL60 Gen9 review.
Overall, the Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 is the option if you want something faster than the Intel Xeon Bronze 3104 but do not want to spend a few dollars more for the Intel Xeon Silver 4108.
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