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Intel launches new Xeon server chips

Intel yesterday refreshed its Xeon processor line with the aim of grabbing more mission critical workloads.
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Written by Larry Dignan on

Intel yesterday refreshed its Xeon processor line with the aim of grabbing more mission critical workloads.

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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

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