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Netburst still has life left in it

Intel has officially released its 65nm Tulsa core Xeon 7100 series processors. The dual-core processors are based on Intel’s Netburst architecture and will drop into existing LGA771 motherboards. Intel is catering the Xeon 7100 series to multi-processor servers. The new Xeon 7100 series has new features such as up to 16MB of shared L3 cache and Intel Virtualization Technology. DailyTech previously reported details of Intel’s Tulsa.

Eight Tulsa core Xeon 7100 models are available with varying cache sizes of 16MB, 8MB and 4MB. Xeon 7100 models also have varying front-side bus speeds of 800 MHz and 667 MHz. Two different models with different thermal data power ratings of 95W and 150W are available. The Xeon 7100M models will have 150 watt TDPs while the 7100N models will have 95 watt thermal envelopes.

Intel Xeon 7100 series processors are available from 2.5 GHz to 3.4 GHz. Pricing starts at $856 for the lower Xeon 7110N and tops out at $1,980 for the top of the line Xeon 7140M model. Servers based on Intel Xeon 7100 series processors are expected from the likes of Dell, HP and IBM.  

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By hstewarth on 8/30/2006 9:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
Way I think about this processor is that it is end of era - very similar to 50xx series, which shortly later the Woodcrest 51xx was signficantly improved.

So my guess is that Intel has plans in the next couple of months for a new Core 2 Base Xeon MP ( Maybe 7200 series ) with additional 70% improvement ( like Woodcrest ) on the previous series ( 7100 ).

The key thing to think about here I believe. "Netburst era is Over" which means the jokes are over and that Intel is really in the game now. This is good for the customers because for these companies to stay alive these must make things happen.

Onward to the future.

By dcalfine on 9/1/2006 4:58:23 PM , Rating: 2
so is the 7140 faster than the 5160?

By hstewarth on 9/2/2006 10:17:29 AM , Rating: 2
A single cpu is likely not: remember this is Netburst cpu and not core 2. But it does have a larger cache.

But the big difference with these cpus that system can have up to 32 of cpus on a motherboard. With the right application it would be.

My guess is that the Core 2 bases possibly will be quad core - so with a 32 bit systems that is 128 total cores.

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