Intel Xeon Gold 5215 Review

High-end server processor released in 2019 with 10 cores and 20 threads. With base clock at 2.5GHz, max speed at 3.4GHz, and a 85W power rating. Xeon Gold 5215 is based on the Cascade Lake 14nm family and part of the Xeon Gold series.
Price 29.1%
Speed 68%
Productivity 81%
Gaming 88%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility 3647
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 1221 USD
Number of Cores 10 Cores
Number of Threads 20 Threads
Core Frequency 2.5 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.4 GHz
Power Consumption 85 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 13.75 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 1024 GB
Price-Value Score 29.1 %
Speed Score 68 %
Productivity Score 81 %
Gaming Score 88 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 32 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 16 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 8 %
Overall Score 45/100

The Xeon Gold 5215 is one of Intel's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2019 with 10 cores and 20 threads. With base clock at 2.5GHz, max speed at 3.4GHz, and a 85W power rating. The Xeon Gold 5215 is based on the Cascade Lake 14nm family and is part of the Xeon Gold series.

Xeon Gold 5215 is also the successor of Intel's last gen Xeon Gold 5115 processor that was based on the Skylake SP and 14nm process and was released in 2017.

The Intel Xeon Gold 5215 is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 10 cores, 20 threads and high price tag. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on a mainstream processor, then look no further. Whether you’re playing PC games or even doing hardcore video and 3D work, the Intel Xeon Gold 5215 can handle them with ease.

What this all means is that the Intel Xeon Gold 5215 is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Xeon Gold 5215.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Xeon Gold 5115, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

Intel has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of EPYC processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the Intel Xeon Gold 5215 on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Xeon Gold 5115 with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the EPYC processor. The base performance we showed for the Xeon Gold 5215 can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Epyc 7262 will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

The gaming tests with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti installed in the test system showed the Intel Xeon Gold 5215 was more capable than many might have expected. The basic high-end processor from Intel that can be picked up for $1221 was able to out perform the Epyc 7272 that runs $990 shipped in the three games we tested on. We know that you can’t test on just three games and declare something the overall victor, but it just goes to show that 10-core processors can still manage to get by today. Being able to play current game titles and stream to Twitch on the Xeon Gold 5215 was something we give playable results, but we were pleasantly surprised. As games become more threaded the ‘value’ in a 10-core processor continues to go down, but you can still get by with something like the Xeon Gold 5215 in a pinch.

That said, Intel still lags behind in frequency when the Epyc 7272 operates at 2.9GHz at any given moment and 3.2GHz when push comes to shove.

With Xeon Gold, Intel continues to innovate on its new architecture and 14nm process. Like Xeon Gold, Intel has engineered Xeon Gold to operate on a 3647 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Xeon Gold processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 88% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Xeon Gold 5215 proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

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