Intel Xeon Gold 6238 vs Platinum 8173M

Price now 1999$
Games supported 100%
Intel Xeon Platinum 8173M
Intel Xeon Platinum 8173M
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  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Intel Xeon Gold 6238
Intel Xeon Gold 6238
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  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 3998$
Games supported 100%

General info

Comparing Xeon Platinum 8173M and Xeon Gold 6238 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating138188
Value for money0.772.51
Market segmentServerServer
SeriesIntel Xeon PlatinumIntel Xeon Gold
Architecture codenameSkylake (server) (2017−2019)Cascade Lake (2019−2020)
Release dateno data2 April 2019
(3 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)no data$2,612
Current price$1999 $3998 (1.5x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

Xeon Platinum 8173M and Xeon Gold 6238 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 cores28 (Octacosa-Core)22 (Docosa-Core)
Base clock speedno data2.1 GHz
Boost clock speed2.1 GHz3.7 GHz
Bus supportno data4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache1.75 MB1.375 MB
L2 cache28 MB22 MB
L3 cache38.5 MB30.25 MB
Chip lithography14 nm14 nm
Maximum core temperatureno data92 °C
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility-+
Unlocked multiplier--


Information on Xeon Platinum 8173M and Xeon Gold 6238 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 configuration8 (Multiprocessor)4 (Multiprocessor)
SocketSocket PFCLGA3647
Thermal design power (TDP)no data140 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Xeon Platinum 8173M and Xeon Gold 6238. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsno dataIntel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)no data+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)++
Speed Shiftno data+
Turbo Boost Technologyno data2.0
Hyper-Threading Technologyno data+
TSXno data+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0no data-

Security technologies

Xeon Platinum 8173M and Xeon Gold 6238 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

EDBno data+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Xeon Platinum 8173M and Xeon Gold 6238 are enumerated here.

EPTno data+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Xeon Platinum 8173M and Xeon Gold 6238. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4-2666DDR4-2933
Maximum memory size1,536 GB1 TB
Max memory channels66
Maximum memory bandwidth128.001 GB/s140.8 GB/s
ECC memory support++


Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Xeon Platinum 8173M and Xeon Gold 6238.

PCIe version3.03.0
PCI Express lanes4848

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 Platinum 8173M 25.65
Xeon Gold 6238 22.25
  • 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.

Benchmark coverage: 67%

Xeon Platinum 8173M 31837
Xeon Gold 6238 27617

Xeon Platinum 8173M outperforms Xeon Gold 6238 by 15% in Passmark.

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 25.65 22.25

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

Intel Xeon Platinum 8173M
Xeon Platinum 8173M

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