Intel yesterday refreshed its Xeon processor line with the aim of grabbing more mission critical workloads.
With the upgrade, Intel is aiming at RISC architecture and aim. On a conference call, Intel executives talked up the Xeon's performance gains at a good price.
In a statement, Intel pitched the Xeon E7-8800/4800/2800 families as designed for business intelligence, analytics and virtualisation workloads and datacentre overhauls.
Among the key details:
- The new Xeon line supports up to 10 cores with a 40 per cent performance gain from the previous version.
- Energy efficiency is improved.
- 35 systems will be available with the new E7 family.
- The processor family includes 18 new processors for two-, four- and eight-socket servers and can be expanded to 256 sockets.
- In the consolidation game, Intel said 18 dual-core servers can be replaced with one E-7 server.
- Intel's E7-8870, E7-4870 and E7-2870 reach 2.4GHz with a TDP (Thermal Design Point) of 130 watts.
- Server manufacturers ranging from Cisco to Dell to HP to IBM and Lenovo are all planning E-7 system launches.
As for the price, the E-7 family of processors will range from US$774 to US$4616 in quantities of 1000. The E3-1200 family will range from US$189 to US$612 in quantities of 1000. Australian pricing has yet to be announced.
The list of processors (Screenshot by Larry Dignan/ZDNet US)
Via ZDNet US