Intel launches 10-core/20-thread Xeon E7 server CPUs

Intel has announced availability of its 32nm 'Westmere-EX' Xeon E7 server CPUs featuring six-, eight- and ten-cores.

Intel has announced availability of its 32nm 'Westmere-EX' Xeon E7 server CPUs featuring six-, eight- and ten-cores.

There are 18 new Xeon E7 processors in all, ranging from the 10-core 2.40GHz 130W TDP E7-8870 (unit price in 1K tray is $4,616) to the 6-core 1.73GHz 105W TDP E7-2803 (unit price in 1K tray is $774) .

Intel claims that the E7 offers 40% greater performance compared to the Xeon 7500 series, also revealing that the E7 has set over a dozen performance world records. The E7 can be scaled from dual-sockets all the way up to 256-sockets.

"The new Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers record breaking performance with powerful new security, reliability and energy efficiency enhancements. The industry momentum we're seeing for this new server processor architecture is unparalleled in Intel's history," said Kirk Skaugen, VP and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group.

All E7 processors feature Intel's Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction (AES-NI) which allows systems to quickly encrypt and decrypt data, and Intel's Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) which is used to protect applications from malware.

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