Intel presents Xeon E5-2600/1600 v3 processors
Days after the release of the new Haswell-E processors and the X99 Express chipset, chip giant Intel has presented the new Xeon E5-2600/1600 v3 family of server processors designed for the requirements that various workloads and data centers impose on today’s computing. The new processors include numerous enhancements that provide significant performance improvements that deliver three times as much performance when compared to the previous generation, excellent energy efficiency and improved security.
The new chips are designed for use in workstations, servers, storage and networking infrastructure and will be used to power numerous workloads that include data analysis, high-performance computing, cloud services, telecommunications and back-end processing for the Internet of Things.
“The digital services economy imposes new requirements on the data center, requirements for automated, dynamic and scalable service delivery,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. “Our new Intel processors deliver unmatched performance, energy efficiency and security, as well as provide visibility into the hardware resources required to enable software defined infrastructure. By enabling the re-architecture of the data center, Intel is helping companies fully exploit the benefits of cloud-based services.”
The Xeon E5-2600/1600 v3 family includes up to 18 CPU cores per socket and 45 MB of last-level cache, which means that the new chip family provides up to 50 per cent more cores and cache compared to the previous generation. In addition, an extension to Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2) doubles the width of vector integer instructions to 256 bits per clock cycle for integer sensitive workloads and delivers up to 1.9x higher performance gains. The included support for DDR4 means that workloads that heavily depend on memory will get 1.4x times more performance than before. Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) have also been enhanced to accelerate data encryption and decryption by up to 2x times without sacrificing application response times. The processors are built using Intel’s industry-leading and energy-efficient 22 nm, 3-D Tri-Gate technology, cutting power consumption while boosting performance of transistors. The new “per-core” power states dynamically regulate and adjust power in each processor core for more power-efficient workload processing.
The new chip family will be found very soon in various platforms made by companies such as Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Cray, Cisco and others. The new Xeon E5-2600 chip family will be offered in 26 different parts that range in price from USD 213 to USD 2702 in quantities of 1000 pieces. Intel Xeon E5-1600 chips can be found in six different parts for prices that range from USD 295 to USD 1723.