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Apple first announced its professional market-minded iMac Pro at WWDC in June, and six months later, the company is finally getting around to releasing the computer. Apple confirmed today that the all-in-one iMac Pro will be available starting December 14th, and it will have a starting price of $4,999 (which was previously known). The original iMac family has been an unabashed consumer-centric machine with admirable processing performance, and passable graphics (even offering dedicated GPUs in some configurations). However, the iMac Pro throws everything but the kitchen sink at the all-in-one form-factor, including Intel's current Xeon W series of processors that were designed for mainstream... Read more...
Intel recently touted an array of benchmarks comparing its latest Xeon Scalable Processors (Skylake-SP) in a two-socket configuration to the performance of a similarly configured 2P Xeon E5026xx v4 (Broadwell-EP) system and a competing dual socket AMD EPYC 7601-based system. In discussing the benchmarks, however, Intel makes it clear that the results are all externally published and that the they are third-party auditable, to ensure no one can cry foul when comparing the results.  It should be noted, however, that Intel used its own compilers for these tests. On the AMD system, a combination of GNU open source and Open64 LLVM compilers were used. Intel does state that the software... Read more...
One thing you are not likely to hear in workstation circles is, "Do you even overclock, bro?" However, should that question arise when using an ASUS WS C621E SAGE motherboard, you could answer, "You bet your backside, I do!" For users who need to squeeze every last ounce of performance from their workstation, the WS C621E SAGE is a dual-Xeon motherboard that supports overclocking on both processors. You would think that having dual Xeon sockets (LGA 3647), a dozen DIMM slots supporting up to 768GB of DDR4 memory would be enough, and 4-way SLI and CrossFireX support would be more than enough to piece together a monster workstation oozing with power, and in truth, it is. But for enthusiasts who... Read more...
“What, me worry?” Intel yesterday posted its Q2 earnings report, and the company managed to beat analysts’ expectations. The chip giant reported revenue of $14.8 billion and earnings per share of $0.72. This performance outpaced “The Street”, which was expecting $14.41 billion and $0.68 respectively. With the exception of its Programmable Solutions Group, all of Intel’s other key business units were up (some significantly) compared to the same period a year ago. Intel’s Client Computing Group remains its largest revenue generator, boasting a 12 percent revenue increase over the same period last year to $8.2 billion. The Data Center Group and Internet of Things Group were up 9 percent and 26 percent... Read more...
Amid the spectacle of new CPU and GPU architectures that have been dominating the headlines for the past several weeks, Intel has gone and quietly added a handful of new processors to its Kaby Lake and Xeon stacks. These can be seen in the latest update to Intel's 7th generation Core processor family specifications datasheet, which is a compilation of device and document errata, specification clarifications, and changes to Intel's product family. The latest update sees the addition of a several new Core i3 desktop processors based on Intel's Kaby Lake architecture, along with several more mobile oriented Kaby Lake-U series system-on-chip (SoC) options for thin and light laptops, certain all-in-one... Read more...
Intel announced its Xeon Scalable processor family based Skylake-SP a few weeks back, but today marks the official launch of the platform. These new processors feature a new microarchitecture versus previous-generation Xeons and Intel has revamped the naming convention and arrangement of the product stack as well. Whereas previous-generation Xeon processors carried version, class, and model number designations – for example, Xeon E5-2697 v4 – the Xeon Scalable processor family is now designated by Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories, with a single model number.The new naming convention will take some getting used to if you’re already familiar with Intel’s previous-generation Xeons,... Read more...
Intel announced its family of Xeon Scalable Processors in early May, featuring the Skylake-SP microarchitecture. Those processors haven’t officially launched just yet, but today the chip giant is revealing one of the key technologies being leveraged in the Xeon Scalable Processor family. A new mesh interconnect architecture has been designed to increase bandwidth between on-chip elements, while simultaneously decreasing latency, and improving power efficiency and scalability.In a blog post on the company’s website, Akhilesh Kimar, Skylake-SP CPU Architect explains, “The task of adding more cores and interconnecting them to create a multi-core data center processor may sound simple, but the interconnects... Read more...
We wrote last month about Intel's plans to overhaul its Xeon lineup, in effect forcing us to forget everything we ever knew about its current model naming convention. When the new Skylake-SP Xeons are released, they'll be separated by a simple medal-based ranking system: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and the baller-sounding "Platinum" edition. Today, we learn about what some of those chips are going to bring to the table. It looks like the "Intel Xeon Platinum 8176" chip is going to be one to drool over in the server space, as it delivers an impressive 28 cores (56 threads with Intel HyperThreading), which is 4 more cores than the current top-end Xeon offers (E7-8894 v4), though still a few shy from... Read more...
Apple first gave us a hint that a more pro-oriented iMac was on the way back in April, and today at WWDC, the company gave us an early look at what will ship later this year: the iMac Pro. As you might expect, the iMac Pro has the same basic design language as the consumer-oriented iMac, but it cranks the hardware specs to the max — in fact, it’s the most powerful Mac ever produced according to Apple. The iMac Pro will be available in 8-, 10-, and 18-core (36 threads) Xeon configurations all while maintaining the familiar all-in-one form-factor. You’ll get a 27.5-inch 5K display, but powering that display is the big dog in graphics from AMD — the all-new Radeon Vega GPU, which will provide 11... Read more...
AMD is looking to make a big impact on the enterprise market with its upcoming Naples platform. Naples will bring tons of memory bandwidth and up to 32 cores, so many have been wondering what Intel has up its sleeves to counter it. Overall, the blue team still has the fastest IPC and single-threaded performance, so it doesn't have much to fear for now, but if Naples can deliver close to what is being promised, it is going to give the enterprise market a long overdue shakeup. As we now learn, part of Intel's disruption versus their competition will be underscored with a rebranding, as the company has decided to overhaul the naming scheme for its upcoming Xeons with a bit of metal... Read more...
I've said this a million times before, but let us make it a million and one—there are no mulligans on the Internet. None. Zip. Zilch. If you post something that you did not mean to post and it has any kind of importance, it does not matter how quickly you delete it, someone on the web saw it, screen captured it, and shared it with the world. I bring this up because Intel for a brief period published a list of its upcoming processors that belong to its unreleased Skylake Xeon SKUs. That list is no longer available to view on Intel's website, but a snapshot via Google cache remains.The processors were published by Intel in an updated Product Change Notification (PCN) document. Without a doubt this... Read more...
If you’re a business user that needs high-end workstation-class components in a mobile form-factor, Hewlett-Packard has updated its ZBook family of laptops to deliver best-in-class performance. HP claims that its four new ZBook laptops will be able to empower everyone from filmmakers to artists to engineers. The star of the show is the ZBook Studio, which comes with a 15.6-inch DreamColor 4K UHD display (supports 100 percent of the Adobe RGB gamut), measures just 18mm thick and weighs in at 4.4 pounds. HP also provides plenty of connectivity options for professionals (take note, Apple) with three USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an SDXC reader, GbE and HDMI.ZBook Studio When it comes to... Read more...
It does not matter where your allegiance lies in the Mac versus PC (as in, Windows PC) debate, one thing most people can agree on is that Apple's all-in-one iMac computers are nice looking systems. However, looks will only get you so far. The iMac is need of an upgrade, and word on the web is that it's getting one in the second half of the year. Additionally, rumor has it Apple will also release a server-grade iMac by the end of the year. Citing sources from Apple's supply chain in Taiwan, Digitimes says the new server-grade iMac will feature Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor paired with 16GB to 64GB of ECC (error correction code) RAM, which is a type of system memory used in mission critical... Read more...
Qualcomm isn’t the only manufacturer looking to cut into Intel’s seemingly insurmountable lead in the server chip market. We’re also seeing a challenge from lesser known MACOM, which is employing an ARM chip design that promises high performance (particularly in regards to memory bandwidth) with incredible efficiency. MACOM’s X-Gene 3 is built using a 16nm FinFET manufacturing process, features 32 64-bit ARMv8-A cores running at 3GHz, supports 16 DIMMs via eight DDR4-2667 memory channels (up to 1TB of memory is supported) and 42 PCIE Gen 3 lanes. MACOM claims that the X-Gene 3, which is now shipping to select customers, is "the most powerful ARM CPU available today". One curious bit of wording... Read more...
If you’re a fan of ThinkPad P Series, and have been looking for follow-ups to the P70, P50 and P50s, Lenovo is ready to deliver with a comprehensive refresh. So today, we present to you the ThinkPad P71, P51 and P51s. The ThinkPad P71 is the biggest and baddest monster of the bunch, strutting its stuff with a 17-inch display. That dominant display can be had in FHD (1080p) or 4K UHD (3840x2160) resolutions. The 7.6-pound mobile workstation is powered by either Intel’s Xeon E3-v6 series or Intel seventh generation Kaby Lake Core i7 processors. As for graphics, you can equip the notebook with up to an NVIDIA Quadro P5000M GPU. Given that these notebooks are used by engineers and designers, Lenovo... Read more...
Back in March, Intel launched its Xeon Processor E5 v4 family of products, based on the Broadwell-EP core. We had the chance to evaluate a dual Xeon E5-2697 v4-based system with a total of 36 cores (72 Threads) and detailed some of the changes and new features in Broadwell-EP. As powerful as that 36-core system was, the E5 v4 family is not Intel’s top-end server offering. That designation belongs to the Xeon E7 v4 product family being announced today, which typically features more cores, more cache, and support for additional sockets.Xeon E7 v4 Processor, Top And BottomThough they are a different family of products, the Xeon Processor E7 v4 family still leverages Intel’s Broadwell core technology... Read more...
Maingear has a new high-powered notebook making the rounds today, and it’s called the Pulse 15 Pro. As its names implies, the Pulse 15 Pro has a 15-inch frame, and brings with its an all metal alloy construction to help keep down the weight an exude quality throughout. The Pulse Pro is available in two basic configurations: a gaming notebook or a mobile workstation. In gaming form, the Pulse 15 Pro can be equipped with either a 1080p or 4K UHD display, and comes standard with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU with 6GB GDDR5 memory and 16GB of unbuffered 2133MHz DDR4 memory. For those that want to go the pro route, you’ll be greeted with an Intel Xeon E3-1505M... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard is stepping up its game in the professional all-in-one market with the introduction of its third generation Z1 G3 workstation. HP started off by working on the Z1 G3’s chassis, making this latest model both 47 percent smaller and 51 percent lighter than the previous generation. HP then went straight to work on the Z1 G3’s innards, adding in Intel Xeon processors (E3-1225 v5, E3-1245 v5, E3-1270 v5) and sixth generation Skylake processors. 64GB of memory comes standard with the Z1 G3 (four SO-DIMM slot are included), and businesses have their choice of ECC or non-ECC memory depending on their needs. When it comes to storage, the Z1 G3 comes standard with a 500GB HDD, but can configured... Read more...
Intel is officially launching a brand new series of Xeon processors today, the Xeon Processor E5 v4. Unlike mainstream desktop products, which feature Intel’s latest core technologies like the Skylake-based Core i7-6700K, mission-critical, big-iron parts like the Xeon E5 v4 series are more complex and go through much more qualification, and as such tend to leverage core technologies that have long been proven in the consumer space. The the Xeon Processor E5 v4 family, for example, is based on Broadwell, or more specifically Broadwell-EP. We’ve already got a plethora of Broadwell coverage up here at HH, so we won’t go into detail again. But if you’d like a refresher, here are some links to our... Read more...
When we think of SoCs, we typically think of smartphones, tablets and other low-power devices; but how well are they suited for servers? Well, as it happens, an SoC can deliver a huge punch when working on certain workloads, as Serve the Home found out after putting Intel's Xeon D-1587 through the paces. The D-1587 was shipped this quarter and can be found only as an embedded option. In this particular case, the test platform included Supermicro's X10SDV-7TP8F, which supports up to 128GB of ECC memory, and includes 4x M.2 slots (supporting up to 22110 sizes), dual 10GbE Ethernet, six 1GbE Ethernet, and 4 SATA ports provided by the SoC. This board comes in a "Flex ATX" format, with a... Read more...
To look at the Dell Precision 15 5510, you wouldn’t know that it sits in the middle of Dell’s workstation lineup. The laptop is thinner and sleeker than you might expect a workstation-class laptop to be and the premium carbon fiber palm rest gives the system a decidedly high-end vibe. But the Precision 15 5510 is actually Dell’s mid-range mobile workstation, and its price tag comes in as low as $1,399. It's essentially the workstation cousin to Dell's new and rather fantastic XPS 15 that we evaluated here not long ago. Putting the power of a true workstation into a laptop is a tall order to begin with, but Dell makes the job even tougher with the Precision 15 5000 series, which is designed... Read more...
GIGABYTE is a big fan of giving its customers choice on the motherboard front, which sometimes involves releases that support brand-new architectures on older hardware, or hardware you might not even expect. This past spring, for example, the company released EFI updates to allow its FM2+ boards to run AMD's Godavari chips, and it did the same thing for Intel's Broadwell-based chips. Now, the company is releasing a full series of motherboards that targets a different niche: workstation. Its X170 and X150 series of motherboards are based on Intel's C236 and C232 chipsets and are designed for use with Intel's Xeon processors. These are typically used in servers and workstations and carry a perk... Read more...
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