Intel Xeon Gold 6132 Review

High-end server processor released in 2017 with 14 cores and 28 threads. With base clock at 2.6GHz, max speed at 3.7GHz, and a 140W power rating. Xeon Gold 6132 is based on the Skylake SP 14nm family and part of the Xeon Gold series.
Price 24.8%
Speed 75%
Productivity 92%
Gaming 88%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility 3647
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 2111 USD
Number of Cores 14 Cores
Number of Threads 28 Threads
Core Frequency 2.6 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.7 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.7 GHz
Power Consumption 140 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 25 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 768 GB
Price-Value Score 24.8 %
Speed Score 75 %
Productivity Score 92 %
Gaming Score 88 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 31.4 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 15.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 7.8 %
Overall Score 46/100

The Xeon Gold 6132 is one of Intel's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2017 with 14 cores and 28 threads. With base clock at 2.6GHz, max speed at 3.7GHz, and a 140W power rating. The Xeon Gold 6132 is based on the Skylake SP 14nm family and is part of the Xeon Gold series.

The Intel Xeon Gold 6132 is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 14 cores, 28 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 6132 can handle them with ease.

That something is the Xeon Gold 6132. Intel cranks the TDP dial up to 140W on this 14-core 28-thread chip, making it the high-performance counterpart to the 125W Xeon Gold 6130, which is basically the same 14nm chip built with the Skylake SP microarchitecture, but with a lower TDP rating. That chip came away from our first look at the Skylake SP series with an Editor's Choice award, going toe-to-toe with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, so it's fair to say we have high hopes for the higher-performance model. Intel still hasn't sampled the chip to the press, so we bought one at retail to put it under the microscope.

The Xeon Gold 6132 slots in beneath the Xeon Gold 6134, which comes with 14nm compute die to yield a 8-core 16-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 6132s single-compute-die design, paired with a higher TDP rating that facilitates more aggressive boost clocks, could actually rival the Xeon Gold 6134 in some applications – games included.

We covered the deep dive details of the Skylake SP chip design in our Intel Xeon Gold 6134 and Xeon Gold 6130 review, so head there for more information on the Xeon Gold 6132's architecture, which is identical to the Xeon Gold 6130.

What this all means is that the Intel Xeon Gold 6132 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 6132.

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 Ryzen Threadripper processor. The base performance we showed for the Xeon Gold 6132 can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 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 6132 was more capable than many might have expected. The basic high-end processor from Intel that can be picked up for $2111 was able to out perform the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX that runs $1299 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 14-core processors can still manage to get by today. Being able to play current game titles and stream to Twitch on the Xeon Gold 6132 was something we give playable results, but we were pleasantly surprised. As games become more threaded the ‘value’ in a 14-core processor continues to go down, but you can still get by with something like the Xeon Gold 6132 in a pinch.

That said, Intel still lags behind in frequency when the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX operates at 3GHz at any given moment and 4.2GHz when push comes to shove.

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 6132 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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