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Intel Refreshes Four-Socket Xeon E5

March 11, 2014

Author: David Kanter

In an effort that began in 2013, Intel has refreshed its entire x86 server portfolio from top to bottom. The company released new 22nm Xeon products in four successive waves spread over roughly six months, culminating in the recently announced Xeon E5-4600 v2 family. This socket-compatible upgrade of the previous generation E5-4600 products takes advantage of the 22nm process to boost core count, cache size, and memory bandwidth for the existing platform.

The E5-4600 v2 is a variant of Ivy Bridge-EP designed for use in four-socket systems. Like the other Ivy Bridge-EP variants, the E5-4600 v2 integrates up to 12 Ivy Bridge CPU cores and 30MB of L3 cache alongside four DDR3 channels, two QPI links, and 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes. In contrast, the larger Xeon E7 v2, which is intended for two- to eight-socket systems, includes up to 15 Ivy Bridge cores, 37.5MB of L3 cache, four SMI2 channels driving eight DDR3 channels, three QPI links, and 32 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

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