Intel Unveils 10-Core Xeons, Mission-Critical Servers

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E7 vs. Everyone:



The E7 series occupies a well-fortified position. Oracle laid out an aggressive SPARC roadmap last August, but is still catching up with the rest of the industry as far as CPU roadmap execution is concerned. IBM's POWER architecture is considerably more competitive, but Intel opines that it can deliver identical performance at a fraction of the cost. Regardless of whether or not the figures above are accurate, the CPU giant has been using economies of scale and 'good enough' performance to eat into the server market for nearly 15 years. Intel was anything but shy in communicating its intent; the mainframe features of the Xeon E7 series were mentioned on more than one occasion.

Intel's only nod to its x86 competitor was to note that AMD's Opteron was decisively outsold by Itanium in terms of revenue. It's been just over a year since AMD slashed server pricing and attacked Intel by offering CPU cores at roughly 2:1. While the move improved AMD's price/performance ratio against its rival, it didn't reverse AMD's fortunes in the server market.

Intel, at least for now, is clearly king of the hill. Bulldozer will need to deliver in spades to hit the Xeon 5600 / E7 products, Oracle is busy with new workstations based on UltraSPARC, and IBM's core mainframe business—it's tasty, tasty, mainframe business—is Intel's primary target.

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2tb of ram, yikes! run that as the swap file

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Imaged if Intel build a Extreme Edition based on Xeon. It will be super powerful game PC out there. I would like to see the 10 care Intel CPU start at 4 GHz with unlocked same on Extreme Edition processor. One day it might be happen if Intel build one for Extreme Edition. We will never know...

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If they do mike, HH has to give me one! :D

But dam, i need myself one of these servers with them...

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Looks like some awesome specs would love to see what kinda madness this could be in a box, maybe if I win the lottery right, XEON processors are expensive, and I could not put one of these 10 core beaut's in a box with anything but the best. SO I will let you know when that happens.

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I think the real idea behind this is that most server applications are going the way of virtualization technology. With 10 cores running potentially 20 threads with HT enabled you can run more servers on one box. :)

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I bet they can fold like there's no tomorrow.

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Yes Omega thats probably part of it, but the cloud does not only run one way there are multiple ways. You can be on the general cloud, a private leased cloud, a private cloud on leased servers, or a truly private cloud run by a single company. There are more combinations to this CPU seems viable for them all.

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Pretty cool, it'll take 20 years or so for them to incorporate this into the military :p lol

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Impressive, Multi core applications would really excel with a pair of theses on one mobo

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I personally am watching whats happening with Graphene as a processor material. I would imagine if Intel is not already on this they will be very shortly, IBM is already on there second operating round of them. They self cool and are very energy efficient so a processor pulling very high Ghz would be conceivably a moot point in many aspects, I think they are pulling 150 on a core, so a 600Ghz operational processor I imagine if in a quad core build. Not to mention it needs no cooling, is 200 faster than most OC'd i7 processors, and with that self cooling and energy efficiency a 10 core would be a cake walk so maybe double that. IBM is into this major and there main lineup is server hardware as well so it would make obvious sense from that side to for Intel to be all over it.

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