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"Kentsfield" and "Clovertown" Xeons around the corner

Intel is planning to release quad-core Kentsfield based Xeon 3000 seriesprocessors. The new Xeon X3220 and X3210 processors will be identical to the recently named Intel Core 2 Quadro processors and share the same Kentsfield core.


There will be no architectural or socket differences between desktop Core 2 Quadro and Xeon X3000 series processors, with the exception of product placement and marketing. The new Xeon X3220 and X3210 processors will arrive clocked at 2.4 and 2.13 GHz with a 1066 MHz front-side bus respectively. Both Kentsfield Xeon X3000 processors will feature 8MB of L2 cache. Expect the Intel Xeon X3220 and X3210 to arrive in Q1’07 for $851 and $690 in 1,000-unit lots.

Intel Kentsfield Xeon
Processor
Number
Core
Frequency
Bus
Frequency
L2
Cache
Price
X3220 2.40GHz 1066MHz 8MB $851
X3210 2.13GHz 1066MHz 8MB $690

Before Intel releases its Kentsfield based Xeons it will release Clovertown Xeon DP processors. The new Clovertown Xeon DP processors are quad-core and multi-processor enabled. With a compatible LGA771 motherboard users can install two Clovertown processors in a system for eight-core computing. The new Xeons will arrive in X5355, E5345, E5320 and E5310 models clocked at 2.66, 2.33, 1.86 and 1.60 GHz respectively. Intel Xeon DP models X5355 and E5345 will have a 1,333 MHz front-side bus while the Xeon DP E5320 and E5310 have a slightly slower 1,066 MHz front-side bus. All Clovertown Xeon processors will have 8MB of L2 cache. Pricing for Intel Clovertown Xeon DP processors will be $1172, $851, $690 and $455 for models X5355, E5345, E5320 and E5310 in 1,000-unit lots respectively. Availability is expected later this quarter.

Intel Clovertown Xeon
Processor
Number
Core
Frequency
Bus
Frequency
L2
Cache
Price
X5355 2.66GHz 1333MHz 8MB $1172
E5345 2.33GHz 1333MHz 8MB $851
E5320 1.86GHz 1066MHz 8MB $690
E5310 1.60GHz 1066MHz 8MB $455

Lastly on the Intel Xeon roadmap is one new Tulsa Xeon MP processor. The new dual-core Xeon MP 7150N will be clocked at 3.5 GHz with a 667 MHz front-side bus. This particular model will have 2MB of L2 cache and 16MB of L3 cache. Pricing for the new Xeon MP 7150N will be $2,622 in 1,000 unit lots. Availability is expected in Q1’07.

Intel Tulsa Xeon
Processor
Number
Core
Frequency
Bus
Frequency
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Price
7150N 3.50GHz 667MHz 2MB 16MB $2,622


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Question?
By webdawg77 on 9/21/2006 10:54:16 AM , Rating: 2
Why would you buy the X3220 for $851 when you could get the E5345 for the same price? Is the X3220 for the 775 socket while the E5345 is for the 771 socket?

I would much rather sacrifice a few hundred MHz in processor clock speed for a bump in the FSB speed. A 26% increase is FSB is worth more than a 3% increase in processor clock speed.




RE: Question?
By George Powell on 9/21/2006 11:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
Yup different sockets.


RE: Question?
By craftyguy on 9/21/2006 11:11:49 AM , Rating: 2
webdawg77,
Why? Because if you deside to go with the E5345 (socket 771), you will need to look at purchasing FB-DIMMs and board that supports the new Woodcrest/Clovertown Xeons. The board and FB-DIMMs alone can = more than the cost of most complete desktop systems.


RE: Question?
By webdawg77 on 9/21/2006 11:18:25 AM , Rating: 2
True, didn't think about factoring in the RAM costs. Assuming the socket would be different should have reminded me about the RAM. Either way, 4 cores are going to need all the bandwidth they can get. I think most people who are looking into getting a 4 core CPU would consider the E5000 series before the X3000 series unless money is a major concern.


RE: Question?
By hstewarth on 9/21/2006 1:37:40 PM , Rating: 2
Ram is not only thing here - actually a minimal concern in this question.

Main difference here is Clovertowns are dual processor systems - which means 2 cpus can be used. Also the motherboard are much more expensive and required bigger cases.


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