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Intel quad-core processors raise performance bars

Posted: 16 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? Quad-Core? Xeon 5300? Core2 Extreme? processors?

Intel Core2 Extreme Quad-Core Microprocessor

Intel Corp. this week introduced the Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 and Intel Core2 Extreme quad-core processor families. The company said these products deliver "immense speed and responsiveness" for general-purpose servers and workstations and for digital media creation, high-end gaming and other market segments that require very high performance levels.

Intel began the transition to multicore technology four years ago with Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology), followed by the introduction of the industry's first dual-core PC processors in April last year. Intel recently enhanced its entire product line by introducing over 40 new processors, including those based on the revolutionary Intel Core microarchitecture, a more powerful yet energy-efficient design.

The announcement of the quad-core processor families "ushers in another new era in computing," said Paul Otellini, Intel's president and CEO. "The capabilities of quad-core microprocessors will bring new possibilities for science, entertainment and business."

New benchmark records
According to Intel, the new Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5300 series sets new records on key industry standard benchmarks:

  • A Dell PowerEdge 2950 server running BEA JRockit JVM delivered a SPECjbb2005 result of 210,065 BOPS, as much as 61 percent better than the next result.

  • Using the SPECint_rate_base2000 benchmark, which measures integer throughput, Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY TX300 S3 scored 200, up to 63 percent better than the previous record.

  • A HP ProLiant ML370 G5 server running TPC-C benchmark, which measures database performance, broke the previous record by as much as 42 percent with a score of 240,737 tpmC at $1.85/tpmC.

  • An IBM System x3650 server running the LS-DYNA 3-vehicle-collision workload, a leading high-performance computing benchmark, set a new record for a single-node performance.

In addition, OEMs have published record-breaking results on SAP-SD 2-Tier, SPECWeb 2005, SPECfp_rate_base2000, Fluent and SPECapc 3dsmax Rendering benchmarks. The chips deliver up to 2.5 times the performance of the fastest competing processor, according to Intel, enabling powerful, dense and energy-efficient general-purpose servers.

Server virtualization
Quad-core Intel Xeon Processor 5300 series servers provide more headroom for server virtualization than any other two-processor, standard, high-volume server platform, the company said. The new processors promise up to 50 percent faster performance within the same thermal envelope and at the same cost as the previous generation Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5100 series launched less than five months ago.

Four Intel Xeon processors were launched first with clock speeds ranging from 1.60GHz to 2.66GHz, with front side bus (FSB) speeds ranging from 1066MHz to 1333MHz, and thermal design power (TDP) of either 80W or a performance-optimized 120W option. In Q1 next year, Intel will launch two more quad-core Xeon processorsa low-voltage version for ultradense deployments with a TDP of only 50W and a processor designed for single-socket workstations and servers.

The Intel Core2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700 is up to 80 percent faster than the company's current Intel Core2 Extreme Processor X6800.

This is touted to be the world's first quad-core desktop processor available for unmatched, highly threaded performance. The Intel Core2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700 is available at 2.66GHz with a 1066MHz FSB. The processor runs on Intel's existing 975X Express chipset family.

The company plans to offer a mainstream quad-core processor starting Q1 next year under the Intel Core2 Quad processor brand name. The processor will be targeted at processor-intensive, highly threaded programs such as entertainment, gaming and multimedia activities.

Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor X5355 2.66GHz 1333MHz 8MB 120W, $1,172
Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor E5345 2.33GHz 1333MHz 8MB 80W, $851
Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor E5320 1.86GHz 1066MHz 8MB 80W, $690
Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor E5310 1.60GHz 1066MHz 8MB 80W, $455
Intel Core2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700 2.66GHz 1066MHz 8MB 130W, $999

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