Everything You Need to Know About the Intel Xeon Processor


By: Drew Germyn

Categories: Hosting Servers

Choosing a server requires knowledge about the components that the server contains. That’s the only way to be sure that the server you choose will meet your needs and the needs of your company.
The Intel Xeon processor is getting a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. It is often used in servers – and combined with first-class hosting on a superior network, it plays a significant role in ensuring that business websites are speedy and reliable.
At Localnode, we provide superior hardware and superior software to keep our clients’ websites running. Here’s what you need to know about the Intel Xeon processor and why we use it.

What is the Intel Xeon Processor?

The Intel Xeon Processor was designed by Intel to provide optimal performance by servers. In practical terms, that means a combination of:

  • Throughput (TPT), the amount of capacity that a server provides; and
  • Per Core Performance (PCP), which indicates how quickly a server performs necessary tasks.

The ideal server balances both TPT and PCP. Without adequate PCP, a server may not meet minimum performance requirements – and no amount of TPT can compensate for that.
The Intel Xeon processor is fast and reliable, making it an excellent choice for servers in most situations.

Why is the Intel Xeon Processor Used in Servers?

Now, let’s review some of the biggest reasons that the Intel Xeon Processor is popular for servers, and why we’ve chosen it for our first-class hosting. For comparison purposes, we’ll look at it next to the Intel Core i7 processor.

More Cores

We already talked about PCP, but another thing that impacts a processor’s performance is the number of cores it contains. The Intel Xeon processor contains more 24 cores. The Intel Core i7 processor has 18 cores as of this writing.
The main benefit of having many cores is that when you’re running programs that are CPU-intensive, the extra cores will improve the speed and responsiveness of those programs.

L3 Cache

The cache of a CPU is a memory reserve used to store information that the processor needs. The Intel Xeon processor has 35 MB of cache space. That compares to just 8 MB for the i7 6700k and 25 MB for the i7 Extreme.


The Intel Xeon processors are built to run in a server environment. They can handle a high volume, which means they can run 24 hours a day. For that reason, this processor has greater longevity than other processors, including the Intel i7 processor. This feature makes the Xeon line of processors a good choice for businesses with a lot of server activity.


Error Checking and Correction memory is specialised memory that searches for corrupt files and errors before they occur. ECC RAM is extremely beneficial to organisations because it can prevent system crashes caused by errors.

Are There Downsides to the Intel Xeon Processor?

We like the Intel Xeon processor, but it may not be right for every website. Here are some potential downsides to consider.


The first potential downside of the Intel Xeon series of processors is that they may not have the onboard graphics you need. Computers that run on the Intel Core i7 processor have onboard graphics, which means they don’t require a discrete video card.  The Xeon E-series does have integrated graphics, but if you are using your system for gaming, for example, then you might want to add a separate Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to meet your needs. Keep in mind, though, that the Intel Xeon processor is still the best choice if you are running 3D or video rendering software.

Lower Clock Rates

Another potential issue is that Intel Xeon processors have lower clock rates than some other processors. If the clock rate is something you’re concerned about, you may want to keep that in mind. However, since servers run tasks in parallel more than desktops, we feel that the core count is far more important than the clock rate.

Is the Intel Xeon Processor Right for Your Business?

The big question is whether the Intel Xeon processor is right for your business. At Localnode, we user servers with Intel Xeon processors for several important reasons.

  1. The additional cores allow for optimal performance on busy servers that see a lot of activity. We pride ourselves on providing superior hardware on a superior network, and we feel that the Intel Xeon line of processors offers the best complement to our Solid State Drives.
  2. The ECC RAM option is essential because it catches potential errors before they occur and prevents system crashes. We know our clients rely on us to ensure maximum uptime and we believe that the Xeon processors are the best option.
  3. The longevity of Xeon processors is a big plus for us because we know we can rely on our servers to run around the clock without interruption.

We’re committed to providing first class hosting to Localnode clients, and after evaluating other options, we believe that the Intel Xeon processor is the best and most reliable choice.


There are lots of processors on the market, but we feel that the Intel Xeon processor offers the best performance and longevity for the price – and that’s why we use them as part of our first-class hosting packages.
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