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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

L2 Cache
Launch Price

X54603.16 GHz 120W12MB

E54503.00 GHz 80W12MB
2.83 GHz 80W 12MB
E54302.66 GHz 80W12MB
2.50 GHz 80W12MB
E54102.33 GHz 80W 12MB
2.00 GHz

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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How about too little too late
By penter on 8/15/2007 5:33:16 AM , Rating: -1
How about too little too late.
Lets bash Intel for a change.
AMD still rules on the server side, and that will not change for a while.
Whats the use for faster decoding. I don't think a server will ever have to decode anything. And DivX encoding isn't done by server processors. These SSE4 instructions are all useless for servers. Better put it in the new desktop processors.

RE: How about too little too late
By darkpaw on 8/15/2007 9:06:10 AM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of workstations? Many commercial work stations come in a dual processors format (either AMD or Intel) and are usually used for CAD/3d Modeling/Video processing type work.

I think the only place AMD still has the advantage is in 4-8 way+ systems.

RE: How about too little too late
By deeznuts on 8/15/2007 12:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
And what about rendering farms? Don't they do encoding or something (my buddy is a CGI guy but I'm terribly ignorant on what programs they use etc.)

RE: How about too little too late
By maroon1 on 8/15/07, Rating: -1
RE: How about too little too late
By Targon on 8/15/2007 3:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
Intel doesn't have them either, note the November release on these things. It is possible(I am not saying it will happen) that AMD may have their 3.0GHz versions of Barcelona ready by the time these new Xeons hit the market. We will need to see what happens in the next four months.

RE: How about too little too late
By sdsdv10 on 8/15/2007 10:30:05 PM , Rating: 2
I believe he was referring to the quad core Clovertown CPU's his Newegg links lead to, for which AMD currently has no comparable product. As you noted, this will change with the release of Barcelona based chips in September of this year.

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