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Intel Xeon Gold 6242: specs and benchmarks
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Intel started Intel Xeon Gold 6242 sales 2 April 2019 at a recommended price of $2,529. This is Cascade Lake architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at professional systems. It has 16 cores and 32 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3900 MHz and a locked multiplier.
Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA3647 processor with a TDP of 150 Watt. It supports DDR4-2933 memory.
It provides good benchmark performance at
of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX.
Of Xeon Gold 6242 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.
|Place in performance rating||176|
|Value for money||2.55|
|Series||Intel Xeon Gold|
|Architecture codename||Cascade Lake (2019−2020)|
|Release date||2 April 2019 (3 years ago)|
|Launch price (MSRP)||$2,529||of 305 (Core i7-870)|
|Price now||$3587 (1.4x MSRP)||of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)|
Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
|Physical cores||16 (Hexadeca-Core)|
|Base clock speed||2.8 GHz||of 4.7 (FX-9590)|
|Boost clock speed||3.9 GHz||of 5.5 (Core i9-12900KS)|
|Bus support||4 × 8 GT/s|
|L1 cache||1 MB||of 1.5 (EPYC Embedded 3401)|
|L2 cache||16 MB||of 12 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)|
|L3 cache||22 MB||of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)|
|Chip lithography||14 nm||of 5 (Apple M1)|
|Maximum core temperature||85 °C||of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)|
|64 bit support||+|
|Windows 11 compatibility||+|
Information on Xeon Gold 6242 compatibility with other computer components and devices: 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)||of 8 (Opteron 842)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||150 Watt||of 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)|
Technologies and extensions
Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Xeon Gold 6242. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
|Instruction set extensions||Intel® AVX-512|
|Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)||+|
|Turbo Boost Technology||2.0|
|Turbo Boost Max 3.0||-|
Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.
Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Xeon Gold 6242's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.
|Supported memory types||DDR4-2933||of 4800 (Ryzen 9 6980HX)|
|Maximum memory size||1 TB||of 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)|
|Max memory channels||6||of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
|Maximum memory bandwidth||140.8 GB/s||of 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
|ECC memory support||+|
Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.
|PCI Express lanes||48||of 128 (EPYC 7551P)|
Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Xeon Gold 6242. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.
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.
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.
Benchmark coverage: 68%
Overall Xeon Gold 6242 performance compared to nearest competitors among server CPUs.
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