Intel Xeon Silver 4214 Review

High-end server processor released in 2019 with 12 cores and 24 threads. With base clock at 3.2GHz, max speed at 3.2GHz, and a 85W power rating. Xeon Silver 4214 is based on the Cascade Lake 14nm family and part of the Xeon Silver series.
Price 58.6%
Speed 65%
Productivity 88%
Gaming 77%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility FCLGA3647
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 694 USD
Number of Cores 12 Cores
Number of Threads 24 Threads
Core Frequency 3.2 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.2 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.2 GHz
Power Consumption 85 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 16.5 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 1024 GB
Price-Value Score 58.6 %
Speed Score 65 %
Productivity Score 88 %
Gaming Score 77 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 53.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 26.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 13.3 %
Overall Score 45/100

The Xeon Silver 4214 is one of Intel's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2019 with 12 cores and 24 threads. With base clock at 3.2GHz, max speed at 3.2GHz, and a 85W power rating. The Xeon Silver 4214 is based on the Cascade Lake 14nm family and is part of the Xeon Silver series.

Xeon Silver 4214 is also the successor of Intel's last gen Xeon Silver 4114 processor that was based on the Skylake (server) and 14nm process and was released in 2017.

Speaking of which, if you want a high-end desktop (HEDT) 24-core processor that can compete with the Intel Xeon Silver 4214, you’re going to have to drop quite a bit more cash and get something like the $1299 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX. And, even if you do go with this AMD chip, you won’t necessarily end up with the same level of performance.

The Intel Xeon Silver 4214 is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 12 cores, 24 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 Silver 4214 can handle them with ease.

We covered the deep dive details of the Cascade Lake chip design in our Intel Xeon Silver 4215 and Xeon Silver 4210 review, so head there for more information on the Xeon Silver 4214's architecture, which is identical to the Xeon Silver 4210.

The Intel Xeon Silver 4214 was rolled out on 2 April 2019 for $694, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Xeon Silver 4114. 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 Silver 4214 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 Silver 4214.

We stand by that assessment, but that won't escape us from running a few up to date benchmarks. We'll focus on gaming performance which should make life a little easier for AMD's CPU. For application performance you can refer back to our day-one coverage of the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X where the Xeon Silver 4114 was included. You can safely bet the 2.5% factory overclock isn’t going to make the Xeon Silver 4214 any more than about 1-2% faster than those figures.

With Xeon Silver, Intel continues to innovate on its new architecture and 14nm process. Like Xeon Silver, Intel has engineered Xeon Silver to operate on a FCLGA3647 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Xeon Silver CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the high-end with its Xeon Silver 4214 processors, which the company is making available as of 2 April 2019.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Xeon Silver 4214

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 Silver 4214.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $28.4 88.1 FPS
105.4 FPS
74.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $15.1 85.8 FPS
102.6 FPS
72.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $9 77.8 FPS
92.2 FPS
65.1 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $40.2 74.6 FPS
89.3 FPS
64.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $9.5 73.6 FPS
86.2 FPS
60.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $11 69 FPS
82.3 FPS
58.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $7.3 68.5 FPS
79.4 FPS
56 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $17.7 67.6 FPS
79.4 FPS
57.3 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $10.3 67.6 FPS
78.8 FPS
54.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $6.1 65.8 FPS
76.7 FPS
53.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $7.7 65 FPS
74.2 FPS
53 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $6.5 61.5 FPS
69.1 FPS
48.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $5.8 60.3 FPS
70.4 FPS
48.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $8.5 58.6 FPS
67.3 FPS
46.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $6 57.9 FPS
63.5 FPS
43.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $4.9 56.9 FPS
65.8 FPS
45.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $27.3 54.9 FPS
62.1 FPS
46 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $9.1 54.7 FPS
63.9 FPS
44.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $7.5 54.3 FPS
62.3 FPS
43.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $18.9 52.8 FPS
59.9 FPS
41.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $5.4 51.6 FPS
59.3 FPS
41 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $7.8 51.3 FPS
59.7 FPS
41.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $8 50 FPS
56.8 FPS
39.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $4.7 48.7 FPS
56 FPS
38.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $14.1 45.9 FPS
52.5 FPS
36.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $4.8 45.8 FPS
52.6 FPS
36.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $6.4 43.5 FPS
48.5 FPS
32.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $15.6 41.7 FPS
49.8 FPS
35.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $4 39.9 FPS
45.7 FPS
31.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $5 39.5 FPS
44.1 FPS
29.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $13.9 39.4 FPS
44.5 FPS
31 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $5.9 38.6 FPS
42.9 FPS
28.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $17.1 37.9 FPS
44.6 FPS
31.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $27.1 36.8 FPS
41.2 FPS
30 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $15.3 35.9 FPS
41.9 FPS
29.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $7.1 35.8 FPS
40.2 FPS
27.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $4.8 35.4 FPS
39.6 FPS
26.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $12.4 34.5 FPS
40.2 FPS
28.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $5 33.9 FPS
38.2 FPS
26.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $9.9 33.4 FPS
37.1 FPS
26.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $12.3 32.4 FPS
37.5 FPS
26.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $10.2 32.2 FPS
36.7 FPS
24.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $5.3 31.8 FPS
36.2 FPS
24.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $4.9 30.4 FPS
34.6 FPS
23.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $6.3 28.4 FPS
32.5 FPS
22.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $9.6 23.9 FPS
27 FPS
19.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $11.6 21.4 FPS
24.4 FPS
16.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $9.3 21.3 FPS
24.1 FPS
16.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $8 21 FPS
23.9 FPS
16.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $13.4 20.8 FPS
23.8 FPS
15.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $9.7 20.5 FPS
23.1 FPS
15.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $9.5 17.8 FPS
20.1 FPS
13.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $6 16.5 FPS
18.4 FPS
12.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $9.8 16.2 FPS
18 FPS
12.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $9.4 15.9 FPS
16.9 FPS
12 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $9.4 15.8 FPS
16.4 FPS
11.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $9.6 14.6 FPS
16.3 FPS
11.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $10.6 14.1 FPS
14 FPS
10 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $6.9 11.5 FPS
12.9 FPS
8.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $7.2 11 FPS
12.3 FPS
8.1 FPS
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