Intel has unveiled its new line of Xeon server and workstation processors, and the centrepiece is the company's first 10-core CPU.
Based on the 32-nm Westmere-EX architecture, the new CPUs offer suitably outlandish specifications. The top-end Xeon E7-8870 offers an amazing ten Hyper-Threaded cores running at 2.4GHz, with a huge 30MB of shared cache. The new chips are also able to address up to 2TB of system RAM; a 100 per cent increase over Intel's last generation of server chips.
However, with prices starting at $770 and rising to $4,616 for the E7-8870, you'll need to be a committed Folding@home team member or the owner of a major server farm in your basement in order to justify the purchase as a consumer.
Intel has also introduced the first server CPUs based on its Sandy Bridge architecture, entering the range as the E3 series. These are aimed at the lower-end server market, though, with Intel expecting the Sandy Bridge architecture to 'trickle up' the Xeon range in the future.
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