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New Intel Itanium Processor 9500 Delivers Breakthrough Capabilities

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To still think in 2012 that Itanium is in any way a failure is pure ignorance. This whole thread here reeks of it. I have just one question for you guys? Why do you think it's still being made? Do you honestly think that companies like to lose money? :laugh: Itanium is and always was a success. All the rumors about it being a failure somehow were probably started by competitors who couldn't compete in this space. This comes from someone who has configured and sold Itanium systems guys. These chips are used in mission critical operations all over the world. You don't hear much about them because not everybody can afford them and not everybody needs them, they are not mainstream if you will and they are not that visible to the general public. But I bet that each one of you in this thread has used one, more than once. Each time you make a transaction with your credit card or you make a simple phone call, for example, chances are that at some point it passes through an Itanium system. These are super computers that offer maximum redundancy and extremely precise calculations and are used by many companies around the world as the center of their networks.
Indeed. There was a time the Itanium failed to caught on though. They didn't sell well at launch since their performance was so low in comparison with other chips that were available (around 10x slower). A lot of improvements were made in the succeeding generations though, and with partnerships with HP and Oracle, it has grown to a $4 billion/year product. Now this is far less than the $30 billion/year Xeon business, but it's still more than what AMD makes on its entire Opteron range, so yeah, Intel is not going to drop it any time soon. ;)
 
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Socket intercompatable, soon just xeon and knights corner add in for massive parallel calculations.
 

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because it is so unpopular it's harder to hack

and I am not kidding !
 

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130-170 watts? That's insane! I wonder how it's LinPack scores compare to Core i7 3### processors.