Tuesday, August 19th 2008

Intel Announces 6-core Enterprise CPU, Sheds Light on Nehalem

During the ongoing Intel Developer Forum (IDF) event, Intel has announced its first 6-core processor codenamed Dunnington. It will be branded as the Xeon X7460 and is expected to become available in servers beginning next month. Intel claims that systems using this chip already broke performance records, including an 8-socket 48-core IBM System x3950 M2 server, which became the first platform to break the 1 million tpmC barrier on the TPC-C benchmark.

Intel has also shed some light on the upcoming fleet of processors based on the Nehalem architecture. The first wave would only include quad-core, HyperThreading-enabled processors based on the Bloomfield core, also said is that they are planning to manufacture a second server derivative designed for the expandable server market (Nehalem-EX). Later, desktop processors based on the Havendale (dual-core) and Lynnfield (quad-core) processors, while the notebook/mobile platform will be offered the dual-core Auburndale and Lynnfield quad-core parts.Source: TG Daily
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15 Comments on Intel Announces 6-core Enterprise CPU, Sheds Light on Nehalem

#1
lemonadesoda
Too many derivatives, too many SKUs, too much consumer confusion. Keep it simple Intel.
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#2
kwchang007
Weren't they saying Nehalem would be able to do 8 cores?
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kwchang007
by: candle_86
the 22nm yes
Ah, not at 32 nm?
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#5
Squirrely
by: kwchang007
Weren't they saying Nehalem would be able to do 8 cores?
Well, currently there are 8 "logical" cores thanks to HT, but not 8 physical cores. (So the OS reports it as 8) :D
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Kursah
by: Squirrely
Well, currently there are 8 "logical" cores thanks to HT, but not 8 physical cores. (So the OS reports it as 8) :D
Which is good and great...but until there is wider support for more cores I don't see the point of it...hell my 4 cores are generally not all used up at once unless I'm folding lol. But dual cores with the new HT technology could be a little more interesting imo...and the quads too. Looking forward to seeing how that does for realistic use and performance once it's all out in the open and products are released, tested, reviewed by pro's and consumers alike!

I suppose there are those that could utilize more than 4 cores, and for them this is a good thing to see!

:toast:
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kwchang007
by: Squirrely
Well, currently there are 8 "logical" cores thanks to HT, but not 8 physical cores. (So the OS reports it as 8) :D
Yeahh I thought Nehalem was suppoused to have 8 physical cores, but I guess not til 22 nm huh.
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PCpraiser100
by: kwchang007
Yeahh I thought Nehalem was suppoused to have 8 physical cores, but I guess not til 22 nm huh.
22nm will not be for consumers or basic devs for a while since news fabrications for the PC will have prices that make the CPUs next-door neighbors of the Extreme CPUs in the overclocking underworld. Besides, my expectations is that Intel will be making their move on lost technologies like 128-bit interfaces (just guessing) or even the well promised multi-threading now that AMD is moving forward with the unveiled Hyper-Transport 3.1 technology. As for the number cores, I think it is getting stupid as dual-cores still rain supreme at most applications. Check this out and see for yourself:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/G45-780G-Efficiency,1999.html

Snap out of it! :nutkick:
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kwchang007
by: PCpraiser100
22nm will not be for consumers or basic devs for a while since news fabrications for the PC will have prices that make the CPUs next-door neighbors of the Extreme CPUs in the overclocking underworld. Besides, my expectations is that Intel will be making their move on lost technologies like 128-bit interfaces (just guessing) or even the well promised multi-threading now that AMD is moving forward with the unveiled Hyper-Transport 3.1 technology. As for the number cores, I think it is getting stupid as dual-cores still rain supreme at most applications. Check this out and see for yourself:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/G45-780G-Efficiency,1999.html

Snap out of it! :nutkick:
lol, for most things yeah, but for like high end stuff, you always need more cores lol, well like servers and stuff. Uhh 128 bit interface? What do you mean by that? Like moving from 64 bit processing to 128?
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#10
Wile E
Power User
by: PCpraiser100
22nm will not be for consumers or basic devs for a while since news fabrications for the PC will have prices that make the CPUs next-door neighbors of the Extreme CPUs in the overclocking underworld. Besides, my expectations is that Intel will be making their move on lost technologies like 128-bit interfaces (just guessing) or even the well promised multi-threading now that AMD is moving forward with the unveiled Hyper-Transport 3.1 technology. As for the number cores, I think it is getting stupid as dual-cores still rain supreme at most applications. Check this out and see for yourself:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/G45-780G-Efficiency,1999.html

Snap out of it! :nutkick:
That's a terrible review. They are comparing the 9850 to an E7200 and a low end X2. All that tells me is that the E7200 is a better buy than a Phenom. It doesn't show anything in reference to Intel Quads.

And while dual core may reign supreme now in anything but some encoding/rendering/pro apps, the same could be said for single core when duals first released. It also speaks nothing of the multi tasking capabilities of a quad.

More and more apps are using multiple threads. i'd rather be ahead of the curve than behind it. Besides, I like benchmarking. lol.
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#11
Morgoth
sighn...
Beckton Mp server cpu 8 cores 16 threads 4x QPI socket LGA1567 Release date Q2 2009
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#12
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
This thing is for LGA 771 :)
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#13
kwchang007
by: btarunr
This thing is for LGA 771 :)
Ok hold up, so let me get this straight, Nehalem will have the IMC on LGA 1336 right? But they will also have chips with no IMC?
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: kwchang007
Ok hold up, so let me get this straight, Nehalem will have the IMC on LGA 1336 right? But they will also have chips with no IMC?
Dunnington isn't based on Nehalem.



It succeeds Tigerton.
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#15
Tatsumaru
PCpraiser100
You are so wrong right now Pal...
the quads are much way much faster than any of your silly dual cores
I use an old Q6700 65nm 8mb cache at a stable 4.2 GHZ and it will beat the crap out of the new 8400Dual core and even a 8500.
You just dont get it do ya ?
well let me put it simple for you-the more cores the faster it will run, and that is if the given software or game supports multicore solution ! and in that case, just get rid of the dual cores and put some quad in the house dude.
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