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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 lompocus on 8/14/2007 10:12:02 PM , Rating: 0
Earlier on DailyTech there was an article that 8 cores of intel server-penryn crushed 16 cores AMD in decoding.

Of course, that's decoding. We've always known AMD is better in the scientific stuff, proven by benchmarks, but that DOES limit AMD chips to IBM supercomputers (new petaflop computer and BlueGene/l) and other ultra-ultra high end work.

Eh, here's hoping AMD catches up so that Intel drops prices again, so I can get a quad core for 100 dollars by the time Crysis comes out!


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.


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