Items tagged with Woodcrest

Intel announced its new Xeon 5600 series today in a move the company claims is great for server admins, businesses concerned about security, world peace, and puppies. (We made those last two up). The new chips (codenamed Gulftown) are basically identical to the ultra-high-end Core i7-980X that Intel launched recently, with the exception that Xeons are MP capable. Intel claims that the new six-core processors are up to 50 percent faster than their quad-core, 45nm counterparts while remaining within the same 130W TDP envelope. Although, low-power 60W variants are also coming, as are 40W quad-cores."The... Read more...
While Intel has been touting the energy efficiency of their Core series of CPUs, there have been a few recent tests that suggest certain AMD CPUs might come out on top when compared with similar Intel CPUs.  The results of the latest test show a savings of nearly $100 a year: “Specifically, the independent computer-testing firm announced today that it, in the tests, "the AMD based server used 7.3 to 15.2 percent less power at five different user load levels and 44.1 percent less power while the systems were idle and waiting for work." That translates to annual electricity savings between $20.29... Read more...
By now, we hope you've all read our article detailing the features and performance of Intel's new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors.  If you haven't, go do that now. Then come back and check out GamePC's evaluation of Intel's Woodcrest Xeon 5150 and 5160 Processors. Woodcrest and Conroe are based on the same Core microarchitecture, hence the similar performance and power characteristics. "Nearly one month ago, we took our first glimpse at Intel's new "Core" architecture based processors for workstations and servers, codenamed "Woodcrest". The "Woodcrest" architecture... Read more...
Our buds over at 2CPU have the skinny on Woodcrest performance, sort of like a ghost of things to come with Conroe... sort of. Woodcrest, or the Xeon 5100 series processors, will have 4mb of dynamically shared L2 cache. Having this type of shared cache allows each core to use as much cache as it needs to handle the operations associated with its thread. Since most multi-threaded applications tend to have imbalanced operation requirements, this allows more efficient use of the cache. If both threads are demanding, the balance of cache usage will meet somewhere in the middle.... Read more...