Over the past six years, I have written a number of articles and blog posts about processor selection for SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016, and SQL Server 2017. To make them easier to find for others (and myself), I have put together a list of links, in reverse chronological order.

I will update this post as I write new posts and articles. Updated March 17, 2018.


SQLskills.com Blog posts:

Upgrading SQL Server– Intel Xeon-W Family

Upgrading SQL Server– Top Five Intel Xeon Scalable Processors for SQL Server Usage

Upgrading SQL Server–Replacing Slow Hardware Part 2

Upgrading SQL Server–Replacing Slow Hardware

Upgrading SQL Server–Preferred AMD EPYC 7000 Processors

Upgrading SQL Server–Preferred Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Upgrading SQL Server–Generational Performance Increases for Two-Socket Servers

SQL101: AMD EYPC 7000 Series Processors

SQLskills SQL101: Processor Selection for SQL Server

New Flagship Xeon E5 and E7 Processors

Intel Xeon E7 Processor Generational Performance Comparison

More Intel Broadwell Server Processor Families Available

Recommended Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 Processors for SQL Server

Interesting Upcoming Intel Processors


Intel Xeon E7 v3 Product Family Released


TPC-E Single-Threaded Performance Leaderboard


Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Product Family and SQL Server


Recommended Intel Processors For SQL Server 2014 OLTP Workloads


Two New TPC-E Benchmark Results for Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge-EX Processors


Bigger Database Servers Get Faster


One Intel Processor Family to Avoid For SQL Server 2012/2014


Updates on Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge Server Processor Launch Schedules


Using TPC-E OLTP Benchmark Scores to Compare Processors


Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 Series Processors (Ivy Bridge-EP) in Q3 2013


New AMD-based TPC-E Benchmark Result


Deciding What Processor to Choose for SQL Server 2012


Two Database Server Models Compared


Recommended Intel Processors For SQL Server 2012 OLTP Workloads

Articles from SQLPerformance.com

New AMD Processor Families Compare Well to New Intel Processors

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and SQL Server 2017

Selecting and Configuring Hardware for SQL Server 2016 Standard Edition

Memory/Storage Technology Hierarchy and SQL Server

Database Hardware and Infrastructure Trends

Practical Processor Selection for SQL Server 2014/2016 OLTP Workloads


Recommended Intel Processors for SQL Server 2014 – March 2015


Database Server Hardware Trends


Recommended Intel Processors for SQL Server 2014 Workloads


Selecting a Processor for SQL Server 2014 – Part 2


Selecting a Processor for SQL Server 2014 – Part 1


SQL Server Database Server Hardware Upgrade Case Study


Selecting a Processor for SQL Server 2012