Intel launches Xeon 5600 series and Core i7-990X CPUs
One week ago we published a story regarding refresh of quad-core and six-core Xeon microprocessors from 5600 series, coming on February 14. As expected, today Intel updated Xeon 5600 family with 9 new microprocessors, and introduced non-embedded version of Xeon E5645. Also today, Intel launched Core i7-990X, new flagship CPU with unlocked clock multiplier for computer enthusiasts, and Xeon W3690 for single-socket workstations.
Intel Xeon 5600 refresh includes a mix of processors from budget E560x parts, and up to high performance "X56xx" SKUs. Three budget models come with 4 cores, no HyperThreading, and 80 Watt Thermal Design Power. These CPUs are priced in the $200 - $300 range. Mainstream models, E5645 and E5649, add two cores and HyperThreading, and, consequently, they are priced much higher, from $550 to $800. The last of group of Intel Xeons are 5 performance "X" models. These chips are clocked from 2.93 GHz to 3.6 GHz, that is significantly higher than budget and mainstream 5600s, and feature from 4 to 6 cores and HyperThreading. The X56xx Xeons are priced accordingly to their performance, from about $800 to $1663.
The only consumer CPU, launched today, is Intel Core i7-990X. This six-core part is clocked at 3.46 GHz, which is one bin higher than the previous top Extreme i7-980X model. Besides unlocked multiplier, this microprocessor is almost identical to Xeon W3690. Official price for both Core i7-990X and W3690 processors is the same - $999.
Specifications of newly released processors are provided in the table below. All models are compatible with socket 1366.
Update (Feb 14): Xeon W3690 processor, that was also released today, was added to the story.
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