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2.0 GHz on a 1333 MHz front-side bus

Intel has quietly begun shipping its latest Clovertown Xeon quad-core processor—the Xeon E5335. The latest Xeon E5335 arrives at 2.0 GHz which slots it between the 2.33 GHz E5345 and the 1.86 GHz E5320.

While the Xeon E5320 and lower models operate on 1066 MHz front-side buses, the new E5335 features a 1333 MHz front-side bus. As with the other models in the Xeon lineup the E5335 features 8MB of L2 cache.

The Xeon E5335 wasn’t expected until February of 2007. However, Intel claims “We planned to introduce this product in February of next year, but our customers requested that we pull it in to support IT purchases in January.  Our responsive factories and a healthy 65 nm manufacturing process enabled us to pull this in two months ahead of schedule in response to that customer demand.”

Expect Xeon E5335 processors to arrive soon with a price of $690 per processor in 1000 unit quantities.


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Timing
By Napkin Sketch on 12/15/2006 3:48:40 PM , Rating: 3
Man, we are always a few days or weeks away from getting the latest and greatest. We had to settle for the 5030 Xeons on our 8 Servers, and we are about to order a new quad core today and have to settle with the 1066FSBers :( O well, thats life! Thanks for even making it availible so soon Intel!




RE: Timing
By Assimilator87 on 12/15/2006 5:05:35 PM , Rating: 1
“We planned to introduce this product in February of next year, but our customers requested that we pull it in to support IT purchases in January. Our responsive factories and a healthy 65 nm manufacturing process enabled us to pull this in two months ahead of schedule in response to that customer demand.”

I don't see how those factors matter in the release of the 2.0Ghz model. It's slower than some of the other models so why would it take a mature manufacturing process to release it?


RE: Timing
By Samus on 12/15/2006 6:38:04 PM , Rating: 3
The FSB and price make up for the lack of raw clock speed. Remember most databases don't care about raw clock speed, they care about memory bandwidth (which is why the Opteron did so well for so long against the P4-based Xeons)


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