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Dual-core, quad-core and processors with 24MB of cache; Intel is determined to take the top spot for servers

At the Intel Developer Forum a few weeks ago, Intel got the attention of the PC community by demonstrating its next-generation CPU architecture: Core. It almost seemed as though Intel's other products and technologies were being overshadowed by Conroe and Core, which won't be released for several months still.

On the server-side, Intel has an equally impressive lineup. For the enterprise segment, Intel's dual-core Itanium 2 MP is currently taking the top spot. Based on the Montecito core, the Itanium 2 9000 family brings 533MHz FSB to the table, which is less than the Itanium 2 9M, but with L3 cache options all the way up to a whopping 24MB. All Itanium 2 9000 series support Virtualization technology. The Itanium 2 9000 family is reserved for situations where clustering and mainframe environments are needed. Supporting up to 512-way configurations, Intel is hoping that Itanium 2 9000 will keep it leading in the high-end enterprise market.

Intel Itanium Processor Roadmap
Processor
Brand
Processor
No.

Core /
FSB
Cache Launch
Date
Price @
Launch
Itanium 2 (Dual Core)
(Montecito)
9050
1.60GHz /
533MHz
24MB Q2'06 $3,690
Itanium 2 (Dual Core)
(Montecito)
9040
1.60GHz /
533MHz
18MB Q2'06 $1,980
Itanium 2 (Dual Core)
(Montecito)
9030
1.60GHz /
533MHz
2MB Q2'06 $1,550
Itanium 2 (Dual Core)
(Montecito)
9020
1.42GHz /
533MHz
12MB Q2'06 $910
Itanium 2 (Single Core)
(Montecito)
9010
1.60GHz /
533MHz
6MB Q2'06 $700

For entry level and mid-range configurations, Intel is letting its dual-core Xeon family drive the market through into 2007. Running at 800MHz FSB, current Xeon processors are based on the Paxville core, which supports 4-way and 8-way system configurations. In Q4'06, Intel will be introducing Xeon processors based on the Tulsa core. The new core will support the same configurations as Paxville but offer 16MB L3 cache options.

Intel Xeon Processor Roadmap
Processor
Brand
Processor
No.

Core /
FSB
Cache Launch
Date
Price @
Launch
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-0)
5160   3.0GHz /
1333MHz
4MB Q3'06 $850
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-1)
5150   2.66GHz /
1333MHz
4MB Q3'06 $690
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-2)
5140   2.33GHz /
1333MHz
4MB Q3'06 $455
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-3)
5130   2.0GHz /
1333MHz
4MB Q3'06 $320
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-4)
5120   1.86GHz /
106MHz
4MB Q3'06 $260
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-5)
5110   1.60GHz /
1066MHz
4MB Q3'06 $210
Xeon Processor DP
(Dempsey Bin-0)
5080   3.73GHz /
1066MHz
2x2MB Q2'06 $850
Xeon Processor DP
(Dempsey Bin-??)
5070   3.46GHz /
1066MHz
2x2MB Q2'06 $690
Xeon Processor DP
(Dempsey Bin-3)
5060   3.2GHz /
1066MHz
2x2MB Q2'06 $455
Xeon Processor DP
(Dempsey Bin-5)
5050   3.0GHz /
667MHz
2x2MB Q2'06 $320

The Xeon MP 7000 series, Paxville based CPUs, will be also coexist with the new Xeon 5000 family, which is based on the Dempsey core. Dempsey focuses more on power usage, especially that now a lot of companies are talking about performance-per-watt. Xeon processors based on Bensley platform  (Xeon 5000) will be introduced in Q3'06, with support for 1333MHz FSB and will be stacked under the Xeon 5000 family. 
The push to the 1333MHz FSB will also coincide with platform adoption of FB-DIMM and Core.

Coming in Q1'07, Intel will introduce Kentsfield, a quad-core processor for the desktop segment, which will actually be close to the same time that Merom is released. The server version of this CPU, Clovertown, appears on the roadmaps at the same time; Q1'07. Our Intel roadmaps seem to hint that Kentsfield may also make an appearance as a workstation CPU and not just an ultimate gamer "Extreme Edition" processor. 

Both AMD and Intel will be doing a lot of work on multi-core processors in 2007, but clearly the interest lies in what happens near the end of 2006. After all is said and done however, 2007 will ultimately determine whether or not the announcements made this year are worth waiting for.


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These Xeons successors to Conroe?
By bozilla on 4/1/2006 5:19:38 AM , Rating: 2
So I'm not sure what this means exactly. Are these 5000 series based on similar technology as Conroe?

I'm interested in the 3Ghz/1333 dual core Xeon. Are we talking same technology as Conroe on this one as well?

Anyone?




RE: These Xeons successors to Conroe?
By Furen on 4/1/2006 7:09:14 AM , Rating: 2
The 4MB L2 parts are Woodcrest-based (Core). The 2x2MB L2 parts are Dempsey-based (65nm Netburst). The 166MHz FSB (667 "effective"), Low Voltage part is a Sossaman part (based on Yonah), while the other one looks to be Dempsey. Intel is probably using the same series to sell both types of processors in order to be able to clear inventories more easily once Woodcrest hits the market. The 3GHz/333FSB part is indeed a Woodcrest part, though I think it'll be remarkably close to its 80W TDP ceiling. Did you notice there are no 200MHz FSB parts? That's because Benseley (the platform) cannot do FSB800. It was supposed to be a point of convergence between Xeon and Itanium (I believe), so it was made with 266MHz & 166MHz FSB speeds in mind (what was expected all Netburst CPUs would be using by now and what Itanium would require) so the lower-end Netburst chips will be insanely bottlenecked by the FSB.


RE: These Xeons successors to Conroe?
By Viditor on 4/1/2006 8:16:03 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
The 4MB L2 parts are Woodcrest-based (Core)

Are you sure? The article says they are Tulsa cores (65nm version of Paxville which are Netburst uA, not NGMA)...


By jones377 on 4/1/2006 8:43:45 AM , Rating: 2
No it doesn't, read it again.


By hstewarth on 4/1/2006 12:22:15 PM , Rating: 1
From what I can tell by 3Ghz/1333 is server version of the Conroe - I seeen it group with Conroes on other sites. Doesn't the 51xx series have 4Meg of share cache - while the 50xx have 2 2Meg cache. I see no reason thinking about the 50xx series.

Also on Supermicro's site, they have PDF on SAS ( Serial SCSI ) and its lists there Dempsy motherboards - I am curious if these motherboards will support the 51xx. X7 series.

Did anybody notice that the 2.66Ghz version price drop, I thought it was $720.

I planning to build a 5160 or 5150 system - most likely with Supermicro Motherboard and Case. Some things I am curious about these motherboard, will they also have PCI slots or can PCI-X slots work with PCI boards.

I really like looking for Woodcrest info and I was glad to see this article and comments.



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