Intel Xeon Gold 5222 Review

High-end server processor released in 2019 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 105W power rating. Xeon Gold 5222 is based on the Cascade Lake 14nm family and part of the Xeon Gold series.
Price 11.6%
Speed 78%
Productivity 65%
Gaming 89%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility 3647
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 1221 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 8 Threads
Core Frequency 3.8 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.9 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.9 GHz
Power Consumption 105 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 16.5 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 1024 GB
Price-Value Score 11.6 %
Speed Score 78 %
Productivity Score 65 %
Gaming Score 89 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 28.8 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 14.4 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 7.2 %
Overall Score 43/100

The Xeon Gold 5222 is one of Intel's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2019 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 105W power rating. The Xeon Gold 5222 is based on the Cascade Lake 14nm family and is part of the Xeon Gold series.

Xeon Gold 5222 is also the successor of Intel's last gen Xeon Gold 5122 processor that was based on the Skylake SP and 14nm process and was released in 2017.

The Xeon Gold 5222 slots in beneath the Xeon Gold 6208U, which comes with 14nm compute die to yield a 16-core 32-thread part. Intel has worked wonders to reduce the impact of this sort of multi-chip arrangement, but it's fair to assume that the Xeon Gold 5222s single-compute-die design, paired with a higher TDP rating that facilitates more aggressive boost clocks, could actually rival the Xeon Gold 6208U in some applications – games included.

We covered the deep dive details of the Cascade Lake chip design in our Intel Xeon Gold 6208U and Xeon Gold 5220 review, so head there for more information on the Xeon Gold 5222's architecture, which is identical to the Xeon Gold 5220.

What this all means is that the Intel Xeon Gold 5222 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 5222.

Our look today at the Intel Xeon Gold 5222 showed that it is a very capable processor. A 4-core processor sounds like it would be really under-powered these days, but we were pleasantly surprised with a snappy and very capable system. Having just 4 cores had this processor coming in at the back of the pack for heavily threaded workloads, but it performed better than some of its more expensive siblings in lightly threaded workloads where it shined thanks to its high base clocks.

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 89% in our benchmarks.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Xeon Gold 5222

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Xeon Gold 5222.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $18.6 134.3 FPS
123.1 FPS
80.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $9.9 130.8 FPS
119.8 FPS
78 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $5.9 118.7 FPS
107.7 FPS
69.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $26.4 113.8 FPS
104.2 FPS
69.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $6.2 112.2 FPS
100.7 FPS
64.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $7.2 105.1 FPS
96.1 FPS
62.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $4.8 104.5 FPS
92.7 FPS
59.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $11.6 103.1 FPS
92.7 FPS
61.4 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $6.8 103.1 FPS
92.1 FPS
58.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $4 100.4 FPS
89.6 FPS
56.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $5 99 FPS
86.6 FPS
56.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $4.3 93.7 FPS
80.7 FPS
51.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $3.8 92 FPS
82.2 FPS
52.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $5.6 89.3 FPS
78.6 FPS
50 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $4 88.2 FPS
74.2 FPS
46.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $3.2 86.8 FPS
76.8 FPS
48.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $17.9 83.7 FPS
72.6 FPS
49.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $6 83.5 FPS
74.6 FPS
47.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $4.9 82.8 FPS
72.8 FPS
46.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $12.4 80.5 FPS
69.9 FPS
44.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $3.5 78.7 FPS
69.2 FPS
43.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $5.1 78.2 FPS
69.7 FPS
44.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $5.2 76.2 FPS
66.4 FPS
41.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $3.1 74.2 FPS
65.3 FPS
41.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $9.3 70 FPS
61.3 FPS
38.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $3.1 69.9 FPS
61.4 FPS
39 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $4.2 66.3 FPS
56.6 FPS
35.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $10.2 63.6 FPS
58.2 FPS
37.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $2.6 60.8 FPS
53.4 FPS
33.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $3.3 60.3 FPS
51.5 FPS
31.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $9.2 60 FPS
51.9 FPS
33.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $3.9 58.8 FPS
50.1 FPS
30.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $11.2 57.8 FPS
52 FPS
33.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $17.8 56.1 FPS
48.1 FPS
32.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $10 54.7 FPS
49 FPS
31.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $4.7 54.5 FPS
46.9 FPS
29.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $3.1 54 FPS
46.2 FPS
28.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $8.2 52.6 FPS
47 FPS
30.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $3.3 51.7 FPS
44.6 FPS
28.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $6.5 50.9 FPS
43.4 FPS
28.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $8.1 49.4 FPS
43.8 FPS
28.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $6.7 49.1 FPS
42.9 FPS
26 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $3.5 48.5 FPS
42.3 FPS
26.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $3.2 46.4 FPS
40.4 FPS
25.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $4.1 43.3 FPS
37.9 FPS
24 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $6.3 36.4 FPS
31.6 FPS
20.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $7.6 32.7 FPS
28.4 FPS
17.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $6.1 32.4 FPS
28.2 FPS
17.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $5.3 32 FPS
27.9 FPS
17.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $8.8 31.6 FPS
27.8 FPS
16.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $6.4 31.2 FPS
27 FPS
16.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $6.2 27.2 FPS
23.5 FPS
14.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $3.9 25.2 FPS
21.5 FPS
13.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $6.4 24.7 FPS
21 FPS
13.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $6.2 24.2 FPS
19.8 FPS
12.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $6.2 24 FPS
19.1 FPS
12.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $6.3 22.2 FPS
19 FPS
12 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $7 21.4 FPS
16.4 FPS
10.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $4.5 17.6 FPS
15.1 FPS
9.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $4.7 16.8 FPS
14.4 FPS
8.7 FPS
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