Intel's next batch of processors from the Xeon collection has been in the making for some time, and it's high time the official release finally happened.
A recent report
offers not just the announcement date of the inbound chips, but also the specifications of some of them.
By all accounts, Dell's release of the PowerEdge C5220
microserver was evidence that the Santa Clara, California-based chip giant would soon unveil Xeon E3 and E5 chip models.
Keep in mind that “announcement date” does not necessarily mean arrival date.
Even if Intel does formally launch fresh E3 and E5 models on May 14, there is no guarantee they will immediately be up for sale.
May 14 is next Monday, which means that we should brace ourselves for a week chock full of new server releases, maybe even data center inaugurations. We wouldn't be all that shocked to hear about some new supercomputers either.
Anyway, the Xeon E5-2400 is Sandy Bridge-based and handles dual processing on 4 to 8 cores. The clock speed can be of up to 2.4 GHz and the Level 3 cache of as much as 20 MB. The LGA 1356 chips will have 60 to 90 W TDPs and prices of $192 (148 Euro) to $1,440 (1,112 Euro).
Quad-core Xeon E5-4600 will be launched too, with up to 8 cores, 20 MB L3 cache, 2.9 GHz frequencies and TDP of as much as 130 W. Compatible with socket LGA 211, they will ship for $551 (425 Euro) to $3,616 (2,793 Euro).
And now we get to the Xeon E3-2100 v2, built for one-way workstations and servers. They use the Ivy Bridge micro-architecture and the socket 1155-compliant package.
Both dual-core and quad-core processing units will be available, each with clock speeds of up to 3.7 GHz and TDP (thermal design power) of 17 to 87 Watts.
Compared to the first-generation E3-1200, the E3-1200 v2 have a newer micro-architecture, better graphics (on the E3-12x5), lower power draw and, of course, higher clocks on some models. Oddly enough, their price has not been provided.