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Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

Technical compute performance

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 Product Family

The Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family is at the heart of a flexible and efficient data center that meets your diverse needs. These engineering marvels are designed to deliver the best combination of performance, built-in capabilities, and cost-effectiveness. From virtualization and cloud computing to design automation or real-time financial transactions, you’ll be delighted by better than ever performance. I/O latency is dramatically reduced with Intel® Integrated I/O, which helps you to eliminate data bottlenecks, streamline your operations, and increase your agility. Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family—versatile processors at the heart of today’s data center.

Move up from 2-socket with enhanced performance

General purpose applications

Middle-tier operations

Virtualized data center

Optimized configurations

Energy efficient performance

Value options

Flexibility in technical computing

Technical compute applications

Financial services industry (FSI)

Life sciences

Numerical weather

Knock Out the Toughest HPC Problems in Record Time

Tomorrow’s problems become more complex and diverse requiring higher levels of fidelity, parallel compute power, and memory capacity to support the business needs.  Whether it is weather modeling, content creation, financial analysis, energy exploration, medical imaging, manufacturing or any other HPC workload – getting the most compute per rack is essential to success in the market.

Choosing the new four-socket servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-4600 product family in lieu of 2-socket Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family can deliver up to 80% faster technical computing throughput performance without overburdening the rack power levels.  If upgrading the installed base of 2-socket servers using the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series or older, the performance increase can be even more dramatic (up to 3.2x) with some speed up coming from the new Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX).

SPECfp_rate_base2006* benchmark score: baseline result (HIGHER is better).

Knock Out the Toughest HPC Problems in Record Time

Configuration Details: Floating Point Throughput Performance Using SPECfp_rate_base2006*

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Best 2- and 4-socket Intel® Xeon® processors with 130W TDP results published to SPEC.org as of July 23, 2012. Source: http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/rfp2006.html.


Intel® Xeon® Processor X5690-Based Platform

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2680-Based Platform

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4650-Based Platform


Servidor Itautec * MX203

Cisco UCS C220 M3*

HP ProLiant* BL660c G8

Number of processors




Number of cores / threads

6/12 per processor

8/16 per processor

8/16 per processor

Processor speed

3.46 GHz

2.7 GHz

2.7 GHz

Last level cache

12 MB

20 MB

20 MB

Platform manufacturer




System memory

48 GB

128 GB

256 GB

Link speed

6.4 GT/s QPI

8.0 GT/s QPI

8.0 GT/s QPI

Compiler version

Intel C++ and Fortran Compiler XE 12.1

Intel C++ and Fortran Compiler XE 12.1

Intel C++ and Fortran Compiler XE 12.1

Operating system

SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server* 11 SP1

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server* release 6.2

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server* release 6.2





CPU2006* is SPEC's next-generation, industry-standardized, CPU-intensive benchmark suite, stressing a system's processor, memory subsystem, and compiler. SPEC designed CPU2006 to provide a comparative measure of compute-intensive performance across the widest practical range of hardware using workloads developed from real user applications. These benchmarks are provided as source code and require the user to be comfortable using compiler commands as well as other commands via a command interpreter using a console or command prompt window in order to generate executable binaries.

SPEC and the benchmark names SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.  For more information, see www.spec.org.

Additional information: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Product and Performance Information


1. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to http://www.intel.com/performance. Results have been measured by Intel based on software, benchmark or other data of third parties and are provided for informational purposes only.  Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.  Intel does not control or audit the design or implementation of third party data referenced in this document.  Intel encourages all of its customers to visit the websites of the referenced third parties or other sources to confirm whether the referenced data is accurate and reflects performance of systems available for purchase.

2. Relative performance for each benchmark is calculated by taking the actual benchmark result for the first platform tested and assigning it a value of 1.0 as a baseline. Relative performance for the remaining platforms tested was calculated by dividing the actual benchmark result for the baseline platform into each of the specific benchmark results of each of the other platforms and assigning them a relative performance number that correlates with the performance improvements reported.

3. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology: See the Processor Spec Finder at http://ark.intel.com or contact your Intel representative for more information.

4. Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html.

5. Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) requires a computer system with a processor supporting Intel HT Technology and an Intel HT Technology-enabled chipset, BIOS, and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support Intel HT Technology, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/hyper-threading/hyper-threading-technology.html.

6. Intel® processor numbers are not a measure of performance. Processor numbers differentiate features within each processor family, not across different processor families. See www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/processor-numbers.html for details.

7. Intel® products are not intended for use in medical, life-saving, life-sustaining, critical control, or safety systems, or in nuclear facility applications. All dates and products specified are for planning purposes only and are subject to change without notice.