Details on Intel Xeon E5-1600 series processors
This year Intel already launched two lines of Xeon E-branded microprocessors, E3 for one-way servers, and E7 for multi-processor systems. In the 4th quarter of this year Intel will introduce yet another E-branded series, Xeon E5. The E5 line will be comprised of four families, E5-1600, E5-2400, E5-2600, and E5-4600. One of the families, Xeon E5-1600, is going to support only single processor configuration, but it's not intended as a replacement for Xeon E3 products. The E3-1200 microprocessors target value and mainstream sections of the uniprocessor server market, whereas the E5-1600 CPUs are aimed for extreme performance part of that market. The single-processor E5 family will consist of three models, E5-1620, E5-1650, and E5-1660.
Xeon E5-1620 is a quad-core chip with 3.6 GHz clock speed and 10 MB L3 cache. Two other Xeons, E5-1650 and E5-1660, feature 6 CPU cores, although their clock frequencies are lower than on the E5-1620. The E5-1650 SKU runs at 3.2 GHz, and has 12 MB level 3 cache. The Intel E5-1660 has 3.3 GHz stock frequency and 15 MB last level cache.
Looking at the specifications, you may notice that they resemble very closely the specs of i7-3xxx extreme processors with Sandy Bridge-E core. Like the i7-3xxx CPUs, Xeon E5-1600 products incorporate all standard and advanced Sandy Bridge features, including Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost, Trusted Execution, VT-c/d/x, as well as AES and AVX instructions. The E5 chips integrate quad-channel memory controller, and support DDR3 memory with data rates up to 1600 MHz. All three models fit 130 Watt thermal envelope, require socket R (socket 2011) motherboards, and will be coupled with C600-series chipset. The E5-1600 series will be launched in the fourth quarter 2011.
Confirmed details of upcoming Xeon microprocessors are summarized in the table below.
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