The high-end server market just got a kick in the pants when Intel launched its quad-core Xeon 7300 series of processors. The 7300, or Tigerton, series of processors sports a 1066MHz FSB, between 4MB and 8MB of L2 cache and comes in three different thermal envelopes with a clock speed ranging between 1.6GHz and 2.93GHz. Current pricing per 1000 units ranges from $856 to $2,301 in the US.
These new Tigerton Xeons are reported to be "more then twice as fast" and deliver more then three times the performance per watt as Intel's current "Clovertown" offering. The point to point interface allows the full front side bus bandwidith per processor, although you'll still be set back by using latency intensive, hot and expensive FB-DIMMs. It will, however, be possible to swap out the Tigerton for a Nehalem when that debuts sometime in the middle of next year - which means a comfortable upgrade path.
"Intel Xeon-based multi-processor servers are the backbone of the enterprise
," said Tom Kilroy, Intel vice president and co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, in a press release
. "With the Xeon 7300 series, Intel is delivering new levels of performance and performance per watt, and driving the Intel Core microarchitecture into such innovative systems as four-socket, 16-core blades that use less energy than our older models. It's simply amazing
While this might not be big news for many of us, it will surely appeal to those who run their own farms of servers - more computing power in less space can save a ton of cash for businesses.
If you'd like to get a peek at what future processors are in store from Intel, take a look at Richard's article where he discusses Penryn, Nehalem, and Intel's future roadmaps
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