Intel Xeon Platinum 8268 Review

High-end server processor released in 2018 with 24 cores and 48 threads. With base clock at 3.9GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 205W power rating. Xeon Platinum 8268 is based on the Cascade Lake-SP 14nm family and part of the Xeon Platinum series.
Price 16.1%
Speed 78%
Productivity 118%
Gaming 90%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility 3647
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2018 Model
Price 6302 USD
Number of Cores 24 Cores
Number of Threads 48 Threads
Core Frequency 3.9 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.9 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.9 GHz
Power Consumption 205 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 35.75 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 1024 GB
Price-Value Score 16.1 %
Speed Score 78 %
Productivity Score 118 %
Gaming Score 90 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 25.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 12.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 6.3 %
Overall Score 50/100

The Xeon Platinum 8268 is one of Intel's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2018 with 24 cores and 48 threads. With base clock at 3.9GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 205W power rating. The Xeon Platinum 8268 is based on the Cascade Lake-SP 14nm family and is part of the Xeon Platinum series.

Xeon Platinum 8268 is also the successor of Intel's last gen Xeon Platinum 8168 processor that was based on the Skylake SP and 14nm process and was released in 2017.

The Intel Xeon Platinum 8268 is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 24 cores, 48 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 Platinum 8268 can handle them with ease.

The Intel Xeon Platinum 8268 was rolled out on on December 2018 for $6302, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Xeon Platinum 8168. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

What this all means is that the Intel Xeon Platinum 8268 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 Platinum 8268.

Intel has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Ryzen Threadripper 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 Platinum 8268 on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Xeon Platinum 8168 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 Ryzen Threadripper processor. The base performance we showed for the Xeon Platinum 8268 can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 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.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Xeon Platinum processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 90% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Xeon Platinum 8268 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.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Xeon Platinum CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the high-end with its Xeon Platinum 8268 processors, which the company is making available as of on December 2018.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Xeon Platinum 8268

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 Platinum 8268.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $17.7 140.9 FPS
125.5 FPS
80.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $9.5 137.2 FPS
122.2 FPS
78.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $5.6 124.5 FPS
109.8 FPS
70.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $25.1 119.4 FPS
106.3 FPS
69.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $5.9 117.7 FPS
102.7 FPS
65.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $6.9 110.3 FPS
98 FPS
62.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $4.6 109.6 FPS
94.6 FPS
60.5 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $11.1 108.1 FPS
94.6 FPS
61.9 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $6.5 108.1 FPS
93.9 FPS
59.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $3.8 105.3 FPS
91.4 FPS
57.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $4.8 103.9 FPS
88.4 FPS
57.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $4.1 98.4 FPS
82.3 FPS
52.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $3.6 96.5 FPS
83.8 FPS
52.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $5.3 93.7 FPS
80.1 FPS
50.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $3.8 92.5 FPS
75.7 FPS
47.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $3.1 91.1 FPS
78.4 FPS
49.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $17.1 87.8 FPS
74 FPS
49.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $5.7 87.6 FPS
76 FPS
47.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $4.7 86.8 FPS
74.2 FPS
46.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $11.8 84.4 FPS
71.3 FPS
44.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $3.4 82.6 FPS
70.6 FPS
44.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $4.9 82.1 FPS
71.1 FPS
44.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $5 79.9 FPS
67.7 FPS
42.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $2.9 77.9 FPS
66.6 FPS
42 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $8.8 73.5 FPS
62.5 FPS
39.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $3 73.3 FPS
62.7 FPS
39.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $4 69.6 FPS
57.7 FPS
35.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $9.7 66.7 FPS
59.4 FPS
38.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $2.5 63.8 FPS
54.4 FPS
34.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $3.1 63.2 FPS
52.5 FPS
32.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $8.7 63 FPS
53 FPS
33.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $3.7 61.7 FPS
51.1 FPS
31.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $10.7 60.7 FPS
53.1 FPS
34 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $17 58.8 FPS
49.1 FPS
32.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $9.6 57.4 FPS
50 FPS
31.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $4.4 57.2 FPS
47.8 FPS
30.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $3 56.7 FPS
47.1 FPS
28.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $7.8 55.2 FPS
47.9 FPS
30.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $3.1 54.3 FPS
45.5 FPS
28.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $6.2 53.4 FPS
44.2 FPS
28.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $7.7 51.9 FPS
44.6 FPS
28.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $6.4 51.5 FPS
43.7 FPS
26.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $3.3 50.9 FPS
43.2 FPS
26.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $3.1 48.6 FPS
41.2 FPS
25.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $3.9 45.4 FPS
38.7 FPS
24.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $6 38.2 FPS
32.2 FPS
20.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $7.3 34.3 FPS
29 FPS
17.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $5.9 34 FPS
28.7 FPS
17.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $5 33.5 FPS
28.4 FPS
17.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $8.4 33.2 FPS
28.3 FPS
16.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $6.1 32.8 FPS
27.5 FPS
17.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $5.9 28.6 FPS
24 FPS
14.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $3.8 26.4 FPS
21.9 FPS
13.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $6.1 25.9 FPS
21.4 FPS
13.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $5.9 25.4 FPS
20.2 FPS
13 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $5.9 25.2 FPS
19.5 FPS
12.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $6 23.3 FPS
19.4 FPS
12.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $6.6 22.5 FPS
16.7 FPS
10.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $4.3 18.4 FPS
15.4 FPS
9.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $4.5 17.6 FPS
14.6 FPS
8.7 FPS
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