Intel To Launch ‘Ivy Bridge EX’ Xeon E7 Processor With 15 Cores & 30 Threads
AMD and Intel not only battle it out in the desktop segment, but the server market as well, and it is just as intense. For long AMD has been in lead in terms of cores on their server oriented ‘Opteron’ chips, but with the new Xeon, Intel will close the gap. Intel has announced its latest Xeon E7 Ivytown ‘Ivy-Bridge EX’ processor for high-end servers boasting 15 cores.
The new Xeon E7 processors are part of Intel’s ‘Ivy-Bridge EX’ family, which also includes the flagship Xeon E7 8800 processor with 15 cores and 30 threads. The flagship chip will debut under the same name, but Intel will also launch several Xeon E7 8800/4800/2800 v2 processors, which will hit the market soon after. The ‘Ivy-Bridge EX’ Xeon processors will enable support of 8-socket systems and more for workstation us and will also support ECC DDR3-1600 and DDR4-2133/2400/3200 memory configurations along with a new version of Quick Path Interface upgraded to v1.1. The platform will be based on the C600 series chipset, which would enable support for upto 12TB of memory in 8S server configuration, which is three-times the memory capacity than the last generation ‘Westmere-EX’.
The Xeon E7 ‘Ivy-Bridge EX’ family will be based on a 22nm ‘Ivy-Bridge’ architecture and will succeed the Xeon E5 family, which only had 12 cores and 24 threads on their Xeon E5 based Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2695 v2 processors. Intel will battle it out with AMD’s top dog, the 6300 CPU which boasts 16 cores and is based on the ‘Piledriver’ architecture. But, the Xeon E7 will win due to faster IPC of ‘Ivy-Bridge’ than AMD’s Bulldozer.
Intel did not mention any release dates, but the ‘Ivy Bridge-EX’ Xeon E7 processors are likely to be announced later this month.