SAN FRANCISCO: INTEL HAS ANNOUNCED its next generation Xeon chip for servers and workstations at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in California today, the Xeon E5-2600 V3 family of processors, based on Haswell microarchitecture.
Featuring up to 18 cores, the C612 chipset Xeon E5-2600 V3 CPU, previously codenamed Haswell-EP, offers improved performance in an R3 socket when compared to its predecessor, the Xeon E5-2600 V2, which was based on Ivy Bridge architecture.
The higher core count brings significant performance improvements over the previous generatons, Intel said, as well as improved peripheral expansion.
One of the more notable features of the chip update is that it brings on board DDR4 memory of up to 2,133MHz as opposed to the Ivy Bridge's 1,866MHz DDR3 memory.
"From a performance perspective we are delivering worldwide performance levels, tripling performance [thanks to] the Xeon V3's 18 cores [that] offer a 50 percent increase over the prior generation," said Intel's SVP of its Data Centre group Diane Bryant. "We are continuing to be the most energy efficient processor on the planet [...] promising 27 world records in performance across the product line."
Intel's Quickpath Interconnect (QPI), a point-to-point processor interconnect developed to replace the front-side bus (FSB) in Xeon chips, has also seen an update from 8GTps to 9.6GTps.
Another upgrade users will welcome is the Xeon E5-2600 V3's introduction of six USB 3.0 ports as well as support for eight USB 2.0 and 10 SATA3 ports, a rather meaty update from the Ivy Bridge chip's feature set.
Intel said the above features will deliver improvements in not only performance but also reliability, flexibility and manageability.
The Haswell microarchitecture is based on 22nm process technology like its predecessor and includes the previously featured Hyperthreading Technology, PCI Express 3.0 and Intel's Turbo Boost technology. The new Haswell processors include support for 18 cores as well as integrated voltage regulator power management features such as Per Core P-State (PCPS), Uncore Frequency Scaling (UFS) and Energy Efficient Scaling (EFT).
The Xeon E5-2600 V3 CPUs come in 22 different models depending on the number of cores, clock speed and cache, from the least powerful Xeon E5-2623 v3, which features four cores, clock speed of 3GHz, a 10MB cache and memory speed of 1,866MHz up to the most powerful 18-core Xeon E5-2699 V3, which features 2.3GHz clock speed, a 45MB cache and 2,133MHz memory speed.
The Haswell-based Xeon E5-2600 V3 will feature in HP's Gen9 Proliant systems, which will also be made available today.
HP claims the new Xeon processor powered servers offer much better performance and power efficiency.
The Proliant models getting a refresh with Intel's new Xeon chips include the tower format ML350 and the rack-mount DL360 and DL380 systems, plus the BL460c blade server. Two new models, the DL160 and DL180, replace the current DL360e and DL380e as the entry-level rack systems.
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