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Three new Xeons added to the Q4 launch lineup

Intel’s latest roadmap reveals three new Penryn based Xeon models with a higher front-side bus speed – 1600 MHz. The three new 1600 MHz front-side bus processors are available in dual-core and quad-core models. Quad-core Xeon E5472 and E5462 are the first quad-core models to receive the 1600 MHz front-side bus treatment.

The Xeon E5472 features a 3.0 GHz clock speed while the E5462 features a 2.8 GHz clock speed. These models feature 80-watt thermal ratings as designated with the E moniker. Intel plans to release these 1600 MHz front-side bus processors in Q4 2007 with the rest of the Penryn family.

Pricing for the 1600 MHz front-side bus processor starts at $797 for the E5462 and $958 for the E5472, per processor, in 1,000 unit quantities. As far as pricing goes, the Xeon E5472 slots below the 3.16 GHz X5460 while the E5462 slots below the 3.0 GHz, E5450.

Intel has one 1600 MHz dual-core Penryn based Xeon processor ready for launch – the E5272. The Xeon E5272 features a 3.4 GHz clock speed and is priced at $1,172. Intel has also pulled in the launch of all dual-core Xeon processors to Q4 2007, with the quad-core processors. The dual-core Xeon E5260 and E5205 will also launch in Q4, not the Q1 2008 date earlier roadmaps showed.

Intel 1600 MHz front-side bus Xeon processors will drop into the upcoming Seaburg chipset. Seaburg features support for dual PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and up to 128GB of memory.



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RE: Intel Intel Intel...
By Glaedrin on 8/29/2007 9:19:00 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree, I read that earlier today and it seems that AMD's diligence will pay off.

If you remember, their CPU's have been faster clock for clock since K7, and what MonkeyPaw didn't post was that along with the 30,000 3Dmark06 score, the new chips are getting much more memory bandwidth then Intel with DDR3 (something like 7.5 GB/s on Intel and nearly 10 GB/s on AMD) this is because of their advanced on-chip memory controller.

On a side note...
I'm not bashing AMD, but they should have made high end 65nm server chips that would have trickled down to the enthusiast market. That cost them millions in manufacturing costs because they were banking on Barcelona being out H1.


RE: Intel Intel Intel...
By HopJokey on 8/29/2007 9:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
That story by the Inquirer has been of great debate on various tech forums the last two days. If you know how 3dMark06 gets it's score a 30,000 mark means that the Barcelona chip would be 50% faster than a 5 Ghz Kentsfield. It is highly improbable this is the case. More likely is that the author saw the score without knowing exactly the parameters of the set up. A forum member on XS emailed the author and asked him whether or not the setup was using "trip-fire" (3 2900XT cards). And the author replied that he did not know if that was the case or not. This explanation to the score he saw is more plausible.

What I am trying to say is that do not be so quick to conclude how well Barcelona will perform based on this story. We shall hopefully know the truth in a couple of weeks.

My prediction (based on the arch. overviews) is that overall Barcelona will be equal to Penryn clock for clock over a wide range of real world applications (Not 3dmark, or Everest memory, etc.). At best 10% faster. The only problem is, is that these parts will not clock very high initially. It will be up to AMD to ramp up the clocks to remain competitive.


RE: Intel Intel Intel...
By onelittleindian on 8/29/2007 10:05:50 PM , Rating: 5
I'll believe the Weekly World News before a story I read in the Inquirer.


RE: Intel Intel Intel...
By MaK2000 on 8/30/2007 1:16:33 AM , Rating: 2
AMD most years spends less than 1 bill actually. Intel spends almost 5. We will see what happens. Would be bad if AMD drops the bomb like the ATI side did. Even if AMD does win the performance than maybe Intel will win the price point though. They have the market share to still make more money than AMD in this manner and it would be an interesting twist in the story.


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