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Intel prepares boxed quad-core "Penryn" based Xeon processors for November 11

Intel has set the launch date for its Penryn based quad-core Xeon processor family. The company intends to launch seven new Harpertown based models ranging from 2.0-to-3.16 GHz on November 11, according to a posting on Intel’s reseller webpage. Standard “E” bin and performance “X” bin processors launch on November 11.

Intel Xeon processors carrying the “E” designation feature 80-watt TDP ratings while the “X” bin processors have higher 120-watt TDP ratings. Intel does not plan to launch the low-power “L” models until Q1’08, with two models in the pipeline. 

Strangely, Intel never issued a formal announcement for the launch of Penryn nor has the November 11 date showed up on roadmaps. Instead, the launch date popped up on a public webpage for resellers.

Penryn Quad-Core Xeon DP

Model
Core
Frequency
TDP
L2 Cache
Launch Price

X54603.16 GHz 120W12MB
$1,172

E54503.00 GHz 80W12MB
$851
E5440
2.83 GHz 80W 12MB
$690
E54302.66 GHz 80W12MB
$455
E5420
2.50 GHz 80W12MB
$316
E54102.33 GHz 80W 12MB
$256
E5405
2.00 GHz
80W12MB
$209

Pricing for Penryn-based Intel Xeon processors begin at $209 for the entry-level E5405 to $1,172 for the top-end X5460. Although Intel set the launch dates for quad-core Xeon based Penryn processors, the company remains silent on the launch date of the desktop and mobile counterparts.

Intel’s Penryn architecture is the next evolution of the Core 2 micro architecture that made its debut with Woodcrest and Conroe processors. Penryn introduces a 45nm fabrication process with a few additional performance enhancements. Most notably, Penryn introduces new SSE4 instructions for enhanced multimedia performance.


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RE: overboard
By afkrotch on 8/14/2007 6:23:12 PM , Rating: -1
Well, it doesn't do much of anything for performance, but if they are going to give it to me, I'll take it.


RE: overboard
By Targon on 8/14/07, Rating: -1
RE: overboard
By TomZ on 8/14/2007 6:54:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
With the B2 stepping able to hit 3GHz, it is possible that AMD could move up their launch of Phenom X4 to steal Intel's thunder. We shall see how it goes.

Has this been confirmed by any reliable sources? I think you're engaging in idle daydreaming.


RE: overboard
By deeznuts on 8/14/2007 6:58:54 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Has this been confirmed by any reliable sources? I think you're engaging in idle daydreaming.
Last I heard of a Barsy 3.0 it was one machine which nobody was allowed to touch. Has this changed?


RE: overboard
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 8/14/2007 7:05:13 PM , Rating: 2
Some people were allowed to use the machines. But they were not allowed to benchmark on it.


RE: overboard
By TheDoc9 on 8/14/2007 9:07:13 PM , Rating: 2
I've been out of the Intel loop, what does this processor do that justifies the $1200 vs. the $300 Q6600?


RE: overboard
By retrospooty on 8/14/2007 10:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
Its a server CPU. This is not the retail desktop processor.


RE: overboard
By darkpaw on 8/15/2007 9:09:36 AM , Rating: 2
The real question is what does it do over the other much cheaper Xeon processors from the same family. Short answer is its only slightly faster. The likely market for these overpriced but only slightly faster processors is for rendering/CAD systems. Every little bit will increase performance, and the additional few grand spent on processors is nothing compared to the tens of thousands spent on the software running on those systems.

If you can spend a bit more on the hardware and get more out of the software its a good investment.


RE: overboard
By MonkeyPaw on 8/14/2007 8:33:27 PM , Rating: 3
AMD also reportedly used a different 3.0ghz K10 in a demo in Japan, so there are at least 2 of them out there. ;)

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/200708130...

That would be something if AMD could almost match Intel in clockspeed (and IPC, of course) being an entire process behind. My guess is that Intel is being conservative with their launch with room for faster quad cores later on. I guess how much faster depends on how much more IPC penryn has over conroe, and that looks to hinge on the adoption of SSE4. I can see encoding software quickly being adjusted for SSE4 to make penryn look better.


RE: overboard
By lompocus on 8/14/07, Rating: 0
RE: overboard
By Amiga500 on 8/15/2007 3:56:25 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say it limits AMD to a small market niche at all.

How many universities are there that do HPC work [be it engineering, maths or computer science]? engineering companies? Medical companies?

While media decoding may be of more use to the desktop market, I'm not sure whether it gets widespread use on servers.

Rendering doesn't rely on SSE4 does it? Even media companies might not see a significant need to get a Penryn over a K10.


RE: overboard
By 16nm on 8/15/2007 12:45:22 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
How many universities are there that do HPC work [be it engineering, maths or computer science]? engineering companies? Medical companies?


Not many. That's a very small piece of the market. Then again, AMD are very small compared to the behemoth that we like to call Chipzilla. So if they can corner this part of the market then it does them good.


RE: overboard
By Setsunayaki on 8/15/2007 4:37:05 AM , Rating: 2
To add on to what you said....

When you overclock, you are also stating that you want more pipelines to be filled by the higher bus frequencies....In order for processors to do more and more...One needs higher caches to keep those pipelines fed...

One proof of cache performance is the overclocking performance....an E6300 at 3ghz ends up in some benchmarks doing as well as a E6700...and when overclocked to say 500 x 7 for 3.5ghz, your performance gets limited by present L2 cache...

The extra 2MB of cache actually allowed performance to increase by as much as 10% of many applications. The presence was important.....the E6320s overclocked beat out the X6800 because of the same cache and higher clock speed achieved overclocked.

Xeon Processors are for servers and the cache is extremely important because of the high level of Input/Output operations that a server must make per second dealing with many clients simultaneosly.

Now I would like to see AMD release their Desktop Quad Core Processor because I want to see a Quad Core price war with Intel. ^_^


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