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

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

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

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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.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel, Servers

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

    Wow! I want to see benchmarks on this! But $4k is really pushing it since you can get 2 12 core opterons and a motherboard for the price of the CPU.
    Jimster480
  • RE: Intel launches 10-core/20-thread Xeon E7 server CPUs

    40% gain is not how it's suppose to work. They have maxed out. There are no current software offerings that can properly scale and take advantage of these new many core CPU's. The threshold has been reached. New parallel processing software will be in great demand.
    thecatch
    • Multi-core

      @thecatch, XP doesn't support or utilize multi-core processors very well, but Windows-7 does. And I'm sure that in the near future, new releases of server OSs will support and utilize this new capability. Designing software for nonexistent hardware is pointless. But once the higher performance is available, new releases will utilize it.

      There will be costs, for sure, but cutting-edge systems are never cheap.
      oldbaritone
  • RE: Intel launches 10-core/20-thread Xeon E7 server CPUs

    Talk about overkill hehe
    hackerdemon2000@...
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