Intel on Monday expanded its Xeon processor portfolio with new faster and more power-efficient server chips, including the low-power E3 chip that has 3D transistors.
To offer a range of energy-efficient solutions for servers and workstations, the company introduced twenty-eight processors across three product families: eight processors from the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family and nine processors from the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family designed to complement the already available Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family. The company also announced availability of eleven processors from the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family.
The Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family offers the performance and energy efficiency benefits of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family to allow higher density designs than available with previous 4-socket systems. With up to 32 cores and 48 DIMMs per system, these processors are designed for a wide range of technical compute applications, such as scientific research and financial services, as well as dense four-socket solutions for communications infrastructure and rapidly growing markets such as China.
These processors support all of the features of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family such as Intel Advanced Vector Extensions, Intel Integrated I/O, PCI Express 3.0, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT). For traditional 2-socket servers, the new 4-socket servers will open up new opportunities to realize total cost of ownership advantages. The Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family delivers up to 88 percent higher performance than a comparable Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family-based server and up to 3.8x2 the prior generation 2-socket Intel Xeon processor 5600 series-based server.
For small and medium businesses looking to upgrade from a single-socket configuration to a dual-socket server, Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family delivers a balance of energy-efficient performance and affordability while supporting core features of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. With up to 3x3 the performance and significantly more memory and I/O options, these processors enable higher system densities and easier management compared to a single-socket server solution.
Also introduced today, the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family is an entry-level server and workstation processor based on Intel's 22-nanometer (nm) process technology. These processors deliver up to 32 percent greater energy efficient performance and PCI Express 3.0 for higher I/O bandwidth compared to the previous generation. Moving up to a server featuring the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family also offers an up to 72 percent improved performance, better security and reliability compared to the latest systems based on the 2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2130 desktop processor. The new processors also feature Intel HD Graphics P4000, which delivers up to 2x faster media processing capabilities compared to the previous generation.
The Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family also features two low-power processors optimized for micro servers. The Intel Xeon processor E3-1265L v2 based platform delivers up to 39 percent better performance per watt for simple front end web workloads compared to the previous generation. Intel is also introducing the Intel Xeon processor E3-1220L v2, the world's lowest power Intel Xeon processor at 17W TDP for dense micro server designs for applications such as low end dedicated hosting and basic content delivery. Systems based on the SSI Micro Module Server Specification, designed for the micro server segment, and this new Intel Xeon processor, deliver up to 3.6x better performance per rack and up to 1.6x better performance per watt over prior the generation processor using traditional rack servers.
System manufacturers from around the world are expected to announce platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600/2400 product families and the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family.
In quantities of 1000, the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family ranges in price from $551 to $3,616, Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family ranges from $188 to $1,440 and the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family ranges from $189 to $884.