Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 vs Gold 6242R

General info

Comparing Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.87
 
2.48
Market segment
Server
 
Server
Series
Intel Xeon Platinum
 
Intel Xeon Gold
Architecture codename
Cascade Lake
 
Cascade Lake
Launch date
11 December 2018 (2 years ago)
 
24 February 2020 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$10,009
 
$2,529
Price now
$7720 (0.8x MSRP)
 
$2609 (1x MSRP)

Technical specs

Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R 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
28 (Octacosa-Core)
 
20 (Icosa-Core)
Threads
56
 
40
Base clock speed
2.7 GHz
 
3.1 GHz
Boost clock speed
4 GHz
 
4.1 GHz
Bus support
no data
 
4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
1.25 MB
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
 
20 MB
L3 cache
38.5 MB (shared)
 
35.75 MB
Chip lithography
14 nm
 
14 nm
Maximum core temperature
84 °C
 
76 °C
Number of transistors
8,000 million
 
no data
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R 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
8 (Multiprocessor)
 
no data
Socket
FCLGA3647
 
FCLGA3647
Thermal design power (TDP)
205 Watt
 
205 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® AVX-512
 
Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
Speed Shift
+
 
+
Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
+
TSX
+
 
+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
-
 
-

Security technologies

Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
+
 
+
EDB
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R are enumerated here.

VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4-2933
 
DDR4-2933
Maximum memory size
1 TB
 
1 TB
Max memory channels
6
 
6
Maximum memory bandwidth
140.8 GB/s
 
140.8 GB/s
ECC memory support
+
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R.

PCIe version
3.0
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
48
 
48

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 8280 42.81 +4.5%
Xeon Gold 6242R 40.97

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 Platinum 8280 37575 +4.5%
Xeon Gold 6242R 35955

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R 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 Platinum 8280

4.5% better performance in benchmarks

Advantages of Intel Xeon Gold 6242R

Much newer (24 February 2020 vs 11 December 2018)

Cheaper ($2609 vs $7720)

Higher boost clock speed (3100 vs 2700 MHz)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 and Intel Xeon Gold 6242R. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Xeon Platinum 8280 and Xeon Gold 6242R, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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