Intel Xeon Silver 4208 vs Intel Xeon 5120

Comparative analysis of Intel Xeon Silver 4208 and Intel Xeon 5120 processors for all known characteristics in the following categories: Essentials, Performance, Memory, Compatibility, Peripherals, Security & Reliability, Advanced Technologies, Virtualization. Benchmark processor performance analysis: PassMark - Single thread mark, PassMark - CPU mark, Geekbench 4 - Single Core, Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core.



Reasons to consider the Intel Xeon Silver 4208

  • CPU is newer: launch date 12 year(s) 10 month(s) later
  • 6 more cores, run more applications at once: 8 vs 2
  • Around 72% higher clock speed: 3.20 GHz vs 1.86 GHz
  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 14 nm vs 65 nm
  • 2x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
Launch date 2 April 2019 vs June 2006
Number of cores 8 vs 2
Maximum frequency 3.20 GHz vs 1.86 GHz
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm vs 65 nm
L2 cache 8 MB vs 4096 KB

Reasons to consider the Intel Xeon 5120

  • Around 31% lower typical power consumption: 65 Watt vs 85 Watt
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 65 Watt vs 85 Watt

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Xeon Silver 4208
CPU 2: Intel Xeon 5120

Name Intel Xeon Silver 4208 Intel Xeon 5120
PassMark - Single thread mark 0 766
PassMark - CPU mark 0 838
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 3655
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 25615

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Xeon Silver 4208 Intel Xeon 5120


Architecture codename Cascade Lake Woodcrest
Family Xeon Silver
Launch date 2 April 2019 June 2006
Launch price (MSRP) $417 $45
Place in performance rating 2140 26
Processor Number 4208 5120
Series 4200 Legacy Intel® Xeon® Processors
Vertical segment Server Server
Price now $1,628.48
Status Discontinued
Value for money (0-100) 0.23


64 bit support
Base frequency 2.10 GHz 1.86 GHz
L1 cache 512 KB
L2 cache 8 MB 4096 KB
L3 cache 11 MB
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 65 nm
Maximum case temperature (TCase) 78 °C
Maximum frequency 3.20 GHz 1.86 GHz
Number of cores 8 2
Number of threads 16
Number of Ultra Path Interconnect (UPI) Links 2
Bus Speed 1066 MHz FSB
Die size 143 mm2
Maximum core temperature 65°C
Transistor count 291 million
VID voltage range B2=1.0V-1.5V, G0=.85V-1.5V


ECC memory support
Max memory channels 6
Maximum memory bandwidth 107.3 GB/s
Maximum memory size 1 TB
Supported memory frequency 2400 MHz
Supported memory types DDR4-2400 DDR2


Sockets supported FCLGA3647 LGA771
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 85 Watt 65 Watt
Low Halogen Options Available
Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Scenario Design Power (SDP) 0 W


Max number of PCIe lanes 48
PCI Express revision 3.0
Scalability 2S

Security & Reliability

Execute Disable Bit (EDB)
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)
Mode-based Execute Control (MBE)

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Intel 64
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2)
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported
Intel® TSX-NI
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Intel® Volume Management Device (VMD)
Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility
Speed Shift technology
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
FSB parity
Idle States
Intel® Demand Based Switching
Thermal Monitoring


Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)