Items tagged with Xeon

We’ve known that Ice Lake-SP processors would be on the way from Intel for quite some time, and we’re now getting a glimpse at some high-end SKUs that will be coming to the Xeon product family. Intel has been stuck on the 14nm process node for its mainstream and enterprise-class processors for much longer than originally anticipated, but Ice Lake-SP is the company’s first foray into 10nm for Xeons. Luckily, some leaked benchmarks have made their way to the Geekbench database that gives us an early look at what to expect when these chips land later this year (hopefully). Kicking things off with Geekbench, a dual-socket system was benchmarked with two 28-core Ice... Read more...
The Intel Data Center Group (DCG) unveiled a plethora of new products today targeting AI and big data analytics workloads, including 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processors, 200 Series Optane Persistent Memory, AI-optimized Stratix 10 NX FPGAs, and faster 3D NAND-based solid state drives. Over the last few years, Intel has taken a multi-pronged approach to its data center products portfolio. In addition to advancing its processor platforms to improve compute performance and better accelerate new, emerging workloads, Intel has also focused on bringing data closer to the processor, and granting the processor (and accelerators) faster access to that data. Today’s announcements regarding new... Read more...
As far as we know, Intel is still planning to launch 10th generation 10-nanometer Ice Lake-SP Xeon processors for the server market this year, and perhaps even sometime this month, if it sticks with a previously rumored 1H20 time frame. Ahead of the launch, we have another set of Ice Lake-SP leaks to digest. This latest round of leaks focuses on an Ice Lake-SP model with 24 cores and 48 threads. As we have written about before, Ice Lake-SP is rumored to ship with up to 38 cores and 72 threads (per socket), with support for 64 PCI Express 4.0 lanes. 8-channel DDR4-3200 memory (16 DIMMs per socket), and Intel's second generation Optane DC Persistent memory. These upcoming chips will be part of... Read more...
So much of the attention on Intel's 2020 CPU lineup has been on the company's upcoming Comet Lake-S and Comet Lake-H desktop processors, and whatever 10-nanometer products might be in the pipeline. Lest we forget, though, Intel will be refreshing its Xeon server processors as well. As it pertains to that, some leaked slides potentially give us some insight into Intel's plans. Prominent leakers Momomo_US and Komachi are the sources of the latest leak, both of which highlighted upcoming Xeon parts. Starting with the latter, the Twitter user posted what looks like to be an official Intel slide outlining Intel's second generation "Barlow Pass" Optane DC persistent memory for the chip maker's Ice... Read more...
We've been hearing quite a bit about Intel's Comet Lake-H family of mobile processors in recent months, but only with respect to the chips aimed at the consumer market. Today, however, information is coming down the pipeline regarding Comet Lake-H mobile chis that are part of the Xeon family. In this case, reliable leaker momomo_us has uncovered references to two Xeon processors: the Xeon W-10855M and the Xeon W-10885M. Given the cache configurations of the processors, it's expected that the former will be a 6-core/12-thread design, while the latter will employ 8 cores and 16 threads. Furthermore, the listing suggests that the Xeon W-10855M and Xeon W-10885M will have turbo clocks of... Read more...
When it comes to its highly profitable Xeon Scalable server processors, Intel has been on the defensive as of late versus its chief rival AMD. While INTC has an overwhelmingly large lead in server processor market share, it also is looking to protect that lead with the release of its Cascade Lake Refresh processors. This is not a complete retooling of Intel's second-generation server processors, but rather some skillful optimization of features, speeds, feeds and pricing to make them more compelling for data center and enterprise customers. While Intel makes no comparisons to AMD’s EPYC 7002 processors in this release, the company does say that this new Cascade Lake Refresh offers up to... Read more...
Intel is planning to roll out new Xeon processors this year, including ones built around its 10th generation Ice Lake architecture, which is already shipping in consumer laptops. Built on a 10-nanometer manufacturing process, the Ice Lake-SP Xeon lineup will go toe-to-toe with AMD's Zen 3-based EPYC "Milan" processors in the server space. A leaked benchmark of one of the upcoming CPUs indicates Intel has itself on solid footing. Well, maybe. Back in October of last year, a presentation slide from an ASUS IoT seminar highlighted some of what Intel has in store for the server sector. One of the takeaways is that Ice Lake-SP processors will be paired with Intel's Whitley chipset, and will use socket... Read more...
Intel closed out 2019 with $72 billion in revenue, an all-time high for the company, and one heck of a feather for CEO Bob Swan to put in his cap (it was his first full-year at the helm). So, it's not as though Intel has entered into a tailspin. However, Intel does face stiffer competition from AMD these days than ever before, and that is having an effect on its business strategy. We've already seen price cuts from Intel, and if the latest rumor is true, it will soon refresh its second generation Xeon Scapable server processor line As the story goes, the move is intended to bring more cores and higher clockspeeds into the mainstream and value segments. AMD has been putting the pressure on Intel... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has issued a dire warning for its customers looking to order new server systems this year. We already know that Intel has been battling ongoing CPU shortages, and it has attempted several remedies to free up supplies. However, HPE is indicating that things aren't looking too good for the full calendar year 2020 with respect to Xeon server CPU availability. According to a statement provided to The Register, supplies are especially tight for Intel's Xeon (Cascade Lake) processors, which launched in 2019. The statement reads: Based on demand, we are expecting supply will remain constrained through 2020. Server platforms which use these processors are affected.... Read more...
Experiencing strong demand for your products isn't inherently a bad thing, as we're certain that most high-volume companies would love to see products flying off the shelves while the revenue comes pouring in. However, it can become a big problem when your manufacturing capacity can't keep up with that insatiable demand, and that as we've reported on numerous occasions, is the problem that Intel is facing at the moment with its popular Core and Xeon processor lines. Intel's switchover to the 10nm hasn't exactly been a smooth process, and it has limited capacity to produce Ice Lake parts at the moment. The fact that it can't fully commit to 10nm is exacerbated by the fact that the overwhelming... Read more...
Intel's 14nm process node is most certainly long in the tooth, but the company has tried to make best of the situation with refinements over the past four years. With that being said, Intel is actually recalling one of its recent processors based on 14nm++ lithography: the Xeon E-2274G, which is a member of the Coffee Lake family. In this case, Intel is recalling retail boxed versions of the processor, which come with the company's on DHA-A heatsink (P/N: E97378-003) in the box. The problem, according to Intel, is that the stock cooler "does not meet the requirement for thermal performance" for the Xeon E-2274G, which is rated at 83 TDP. As a result, Intel is declaring that all retail... Read more...
Update 11/6/19: Since publishing this article, Intel has gone back and updated its blog post on Medium to clarify a few points raised by Kennedy. The most significant one is adding benchmark data from an updated version of GROMACS (2019.4), as that version is better optimized to leverage processors based on AMD's Zen 2 architecture. In doing so, Intel states it "found no material difference" to data it originally obtained. "Intel is committed to always provide fair, transparent, and accurate performance results and would not intentionally mislead. We received feedback on our original blog and appreciate the community’s passion about performance and the accuracy of benchmarks. Taking the... Read more...
Intel kicked off volume shipments over its 10th generation 10nm Ice Lake processors for the consumer laptop market during Q3, and it looks as though roughly a year's time will elapse before we see Ice Lake-based designs arrive for the workstation and server markets (i.e. Xeon processors). A presentation slide taken from an ASUS IoT seminar gives us a glimpse at what Intel has in store with these Ice Lake-SP processors. For starters, the processors will be paired with the Whitley chipset and will use Socket P+ in 2S configurations. Intel is planning to make Ice Lake-SP available in up to 38-core/76-thread configurations (per socket) with a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 270 watts. Other features... Read more...
Intel on Monday unveiled a bunch of new Xeon W-2200 series processors at comparatively aggressive price points. The new Glacier Falls CPUs range in core and thread count from 4-cores/8-threads up to 18-cores/36-threads, and are up to around 50 percent less expensive than the previous generation Xeon W-2100 series. Increased competition from rival AMD has seen Intel shake up pricing on its higher end processors. We saw this last week with the introduction of Intel's newest Core-X series high-end desktop (HEDT) processors based on Cascade Lake-X, which also saw MSRPs slashed up to to 50 percent compared to the previous generation Skylake-X lineup. Intel Xeon W-2200 Series Models, Specs, And Pricing... Read more...
It appears as though Intel is readying a new next unit of computing (NUC) mini PC, this time time with a Xeon processor option. Codenamed "Quartz Canyon," a leaked slide indicates Intel is targeting entry workstation tasks, including content creation, CAD and manufacturing design, financial services, and other similar chores. Assuming the slide is real, the Quartz Canyon NUC will be configurable with up to an 8-core Xeon E or 9th generation Core i7 vPro processor. The slide also indicates support for high-end desktop graphics cards (possibly NVIDIA GeForce RTX or Quadro GPUs), ECC and Optane memory modules, dual Thunderport and dual Ethernet connectivity, and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) integration. FanlessTech... Read more...
Lenovo is turning its attention to its mobile workstation family, specifically its ThinkPad P Series which are getting upgraded with more potent processors and onboard graphics. Kicking things off are the ThinkPad P53, which is being billed as the world’s most powerful 15-inch class mobile workstation, and the ThinkPad P73, its 17-inch counterpart. Both are powered by up to 9th generation Intel Core i9 or Xeon octa-core processors and can be equipped with up to 128GB of DDR4 memory via four SODIMM slots. Since Lenovo knows that mobile pros often need a lot of graphics muscle on-the-go, both systems can be optioned with up to a NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 discrete graphics card. ThinkPad... Read more...
Intel is launching its latest salvo of data-centric products today, targeting a wide range of workloads and applications. You may think that means a fresh batch of powerful Xeons are on the way – and you’d be correct but there's more. Today marks the official arrival of Intel’s Cascade Lake, many-core 2nd Generation Xeon Scalable Series Processors, but the company is also announcing or launching a plethora of adjacent products including new FPGAs, innovative network controllers, a new server chassis platform, and Optane DC Persistent memory. And along with those powerful Xeon Scalable Series Processors, more specialized Xeon-D series products, which are designed for all sorts... Read more...
AMD has managed to reassert itself in the enthusiast computing discussion, thanks to its current gen Zen CPU and, to a lesser extent, Vega GPU architectures. Between Ryzen and Threadripper, there are now many compelling non-Intel options for power users. This also applies to the server side of the equation as well, and though Intel still dominates the landscape, AMD's EPYC server processors are gaining ground. It's a slow climb for sure, but AMD is now in a position where it can chip away at Intel's lead. And that is precisely what it is doing, according to Spiceworks, a professional network for the information technology (IT) industry headquartered in Austin, Texas. As it stands, a whopping... Read more...
In October of last year, when Intel officially unveiled its 9th Generation Core series processors, the company also took the opportunity to announce a semi-new breed of workstation processor, namely the Xeon W-3175X. Technically speaking, the architecture at the heart of the Xeon W-3175X isn’t new – the monstrous 28-core / 56-thread processor is based on Skylake-SP, just like the first wave of Xeon Scalable processors that were released in 2017. What Intel has done with the Xeon W-3175X, however, is selectivity bin the die and tweak and tune the power and turbo boost profiles to increase frequencies, and ultimately performance, versus earlier Skylake-SP parts. The Xeon W-3175X is... Read more...
Intel has sent out press invites for its "Intel Architectural Day", which will take place on Tuesday, December 11th. The chip company will hold two primary sessions during the day: one which will pertain to “Intel Architecture Strategy” and a second that will delve into "Advanced Client and Data Centric Architectures and Technologies". The invite goes on to state, “Join us as we take a look at how Intel's innovation will bring breakthroughs in new products and experiences.” It should come as no surprise that most of us would be quick to assume that Intel will discuss its upcoming dedicated graphics cards at the event. In fact, when news of the conference began... Read more...
Intel and AMD both have two high-powered server processors launches coming up next year which are set to shake up the enterprise market. Intel is the runaway market leader with its Xeon family of processors, but AMD is making slow and steady progress to challenge that market share with its EPYC processors. During the first half of 2019, the fight will continue with the 14nm++ Cascade Lake-AP Xeon processors, while AMD will be fielding its 7nm Zen 2-based "Rome" EPYC processors. Much to our pleasure, leaked Cinebench R15 numbers have made their way to the internet courtesy of HKEPC. Not only do we have results from the range-topping 48-Core Cascade Lake-AP Xeon, but... Read more...
AMD recently posted its best quarterly earnings in seven years, with its Ryzen and Epyc product lines boosting the company's bottom line. The reception to its Zen-based products is obviously good news for AMD. For rival Intel, however, AMD's resurgence puts added pressure to execute its roadmaps. It also could be leading to price cuts. Where this is particularly interesting is in the server market. After a year on the market, AMD noted that its EPYC sales "continue to accelerate, with new platform deployments and commitments from industry leaders." HPE, for example, launched two new EPYC platforms, including the ProLiant DL325 Gen10 server delivering two-socket performance in a one-socket setup,... Read more...
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