Prices of Intel Xeon E5-1600 series CPUs

In July we published details of three new Xeon E5 models for single-processor servers and workstations. New Xeon E5s, coming in the 4th quarter 2011, will be based on upcoming Sandy Bridge-EP core, and their specifications will be almost identical to consumer Core i7-3xxx chips with Sandy Bridge-E core. Core i7-3xxx microprocessors will be priced from $294 to $999, and it's not a surprise that the prices of Xeon E5-16xx products will be close to prices of consumer Core i7s.

Xeon E5-1660 and E5-1650 have 6 CPUs cores, and feature Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technologies. These models operate at 3.3 GHz and 3.2 GHz, and incorporate 15MB and 12MB last level cache respectively. The chips fit into 130 Watt thermal envelope. Intel E5-1660 will be priced at $1080, i.e. $81 more expensive than Core i7-3960X. Xeon E5-1650 is going to have $583 1K price, which is identical to Core i7-3930K.

Xeon E5-1620 has 4 CPU cores, and can execute up to 8 threads simultaneously. This model is clocked at 3.6 GHz, includes 10 MB L3 cache, and has the same 130 Watt TDP as 1650 / 1660 CPUs. Just like Core i7-3820, the E5-1620 will cost $294 in 1K quantities.

As was already mentioned, the Xeon E5s will be released in Q4 2011. In the past two weeks there were reports about possible delay of Sandy Bridge-EP processors. We cannot confirm or deny those because our information is about month old, and we don't have any newer data.

The table below summarizes specifications and prices of new Xeon E5-1600-series CPUs:

ModelCoresThreadsFrequencyL3 cacheTDPPrice
Xeon E5-1620483.6 GHz10 MB130 Watt$294
Xeon E5-16506123.2 GHz12 MB130 Watt$583
Xeon E5-16606123.3 GHz15 MB130 Watt$1080

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