The Future Of Intel's V8?
The first bit of news is that Intel is apparently considering an entry-level Xeon platform that would get rid of FB-DIMMs. FB-DIMMs have their good uses, but tend to be more expensive, run hotter, and have some latency penalties which can adversely affect the performance of some applications.
Even the brand new FBD-800 low-voltage DIMMs, while taking care of performance and power/heat issues, don't exactly solve the price problem.”
At first these are likely to be 1333MHz FSB chipsets, but could migrate to the upcoming 1600MHz FSB sometime in early '08. That's where the fun part of the speculation comes in: What will successors to Intel's V8 platform use?
While the V8 isn't a direct rival to the Quad FX, it is easy to see why many people like to compare the two. If Intel moves away from FB-DIMMs for the V8, it could encourage further comparison.