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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  • bolkhov - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    Yes it does.
    72 for ECC vs. 64 for non-ECC.
  • notb - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - link

    Go ask your IT department if Ryzen's ECC "support" passes their security policy. :-)
  • twtech - Sunday, November 18, 2018 - link

    Most IT departments don't build their own systems. They'll standardize with something like Dell or HP, and maybe do things like RAM/HDD upgrades, etc.

    The cost of the CPU in a system is usually a relatively small cost compared to the overall total. Support costs can dwarf initial purchase costs. The more that a company can standardize their hardware, the easier it is to maintain it.

    For example, IT may want to test patches before letting them be applied across the organization. If, in an ideal scenario, every system was exactly the same, then potentially only one test would be needed to make sure it works properly.

    Of course that often won't be possible, but the closer they can remain to that ideal, the better.
  • HStewart - Monday, November 5, 2018 - link

    To me it looks like AVX 512 gets a whopping 44% ( ~ 5200 / 3600 ) increase on similar equip similar CPU. It would be nice to see same cpu with and without AVX 512 enabled test.
  • osrk - Monday, November 5, 2018 - link

    FYI provantage told me they were getting in their shipment Nov 12. I have one on pre order.
  • Dr_b_ - Monday, November 5, 2018 - link

    Have my 2186G on pre-order with them as well, for over a month now. Already have the 64GB ECC UDIMMs and Asus C-246 Pro board just waiting. IMHO, the biggest let down with the Asus board is that it doesn't have USB 3.1 2.0 header on the motherboard. Have inquiry with Asus about support for 9900K CFL-R CPU's haven't heard back yet.
  • mooninite - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    Did you get yours shipped out yet? Websites are still showing either "out of stock" or "special order" for these Xeons.
  • osrk - Friday, November 16, 2018 - link

    No. They've had them in and out of stock. If you pre-ordered and the item comes in stock for even a penny more your item will not be shipped. They will only fulfill your order when the item comes into stock for the amount you paid. This has left a very bad taste in my mouth when ordering with Provantage and I'm likely not going to order from them again.

    For example the E-2176G was in stock with them for $1 more than I paid. Did they ship it or notify me that I could pay the extra $1 and have it ship? Nope. I'm writing up my experiences with them on the ratings site.
  • Dragonstongue - Monday, November 5, 2018 - link

    wonder how much of these things tested are "biased" towards making Intel look as "rosy" as possible to steer away any shortcomings.. I would imagine they have very specific test methodology to ensure "weakness" are not shown.. Probably will never happen, but it would be real nice if "everyone" raced on the same track sort of speak so the best "car" wins, not because other "cars" are hobbled by illegitimate tactics.
  • AnnoyedGrunt - Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - link

    Yes, I suspect that Anandtech opened the "hood" on the AMD "cars" and drained their "blinker fluid" and damaged their "muffler bearings" so they couldn't "race" as well.

    I'd go on, but I ran out of quotation marks.


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