Intel Xeon Gold 5218 vs AMD EPYC 7262

General info

Comparing Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Value for money (0-100)
0.80
 
0.66
Market segment
Server
 
Server
Series
Intel Xeon Gold
 
AMD EPYC
Architecture codename
Cascade Lake
 
Zen 2
Launch date
2 April 2019 (2 years ago)
 
7 August 2019 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,273
 
$575
Price now
$1533 (1.2x MSRP)
 
$1765 (3.1x MSRP)

Technical specs

Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
16 (Hexadeca-Core)
 
8 (Octa-Core)
Threads
32
 
16
Base clock speed
2.3 GHz
 
3.1 GHz
Boost clock speed
3.9 GHz
 
3.3 GHz
Bus support
4 × 8 GT/s
 
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L1 cache
1 MB
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
16 MB
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
22 MB
 
128 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
14 nm
 
7 nm, 14 nm
Die size
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192 mm2
Maximum core temperature
87 °C
 
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Number of transistors
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4,800 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
-
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
4 (Multiprocessor)
 
2 (Multiprocessor)
Socket
FCLGA3647
 
TR4
Thermal design power (TDP)
125 Watt
 
155 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® AVX-512
 
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AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
no data
Speed Shift
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
no data
Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
no data
TSX
+
 
-
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
-
 
no data

Security technologies

Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
+
 
no data
EDB
+
 
no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262 are enumerated here.

AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
no data
VT-x
+
 
no data
EPT
+
 
no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4-2667
 
DDR4 Eight-channel
Maximum memory size
1 TB
 
4 TiB
Max memory channels
6
 
8
Maximum memory bandwidth
128.001 GB/s
 
204.763 GB/s
ECC memory support
+
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262.

PCIe version
3.0
 
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PCI Express lanes
48
 
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Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Xeon Gold 5218 25.20 +5.6%
EPYC 7262 23.87

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Xeon Gold 5218 22117 +5.6%
EPYC 7262 20952

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Both CPUs satisfy the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Advantages of Intel Xeon Gold 5218

5.6% better performance in benchmarks

Cheaper ($1533 vs $1765)

Lower power consumption (125W vs 155W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)

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Advantages of AMD EPYC 7262

Somewhat newer (7 August 2019 vs 2 April 2019)

Higher boost clock speed (3300 vs 2300 MHz)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)

Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

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So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Xeon Gold 5218 and AMD EPYC 7262. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Xeon Gold 5218 and EPYC 7262, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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