Remember the Chinese Tianhe-1A supercomputer which NVIDIA took credit for "powering" with its Tesla GPUs back in October? It seems Intel would like some of the processing credit as well; they've pushed out a press release of their own, claiming it's Intel Xeon 5600 series processors that "powers" the world's fastest supercomputer.
Big computers generally mean big performance, but does a PC need to be imposing in order to blitz through the benchmarks? Lenovo's ThinkStation C20 is the baby of the range when it comes to physical size, but with dual Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA's Quadro FX 4800 graphics, it's no slowpoke. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Apple's recent refresh of the all-in-one iMac range may not have concurred with all of the preceding rumors, but the main expectation was certainly met: faster processors than ever before. Fresh to the SlashGear test bench is the 27-inch iMac, with the flagship quadcore Intel CPU. Pairing a 2.93GHz Core i7 processor with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 256GB SSD, it certainly promises high performance; it also makes for an expensive buy, $2,799 to specify the same spec as our review unit. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Intel has unveiled a new Xeon processor series for mainstream servers and workstations that are based on the Nehalem chip design. With the introduction of the new Xeon 7500 processor line Intel has introduced new processors for laptops, desktops, and servers in the last 90 days bringing more power and energy efficiency to consumers around the world.
Intel has officially launched its latest Xeon processors that are some of its more secure processors ever. The new line is the Xeon 5600 series using 32nm build process and Intel's latest High-K Metal gate tech. The processors are aimed at use in the data center and other enterprise environments.
Further details on Intel's upcoming hexacore Xeon processors have emerged, suggesting that the chips will form their own flagship line rather than replacing the existing quadcore processors. Hardmac has heard that the hexacore chips will initially be in short supply - kicking off with the 3.33GHz Core i7-980X in March 2010 - and will be expensive, too; $999 for the i7-980X.
Hardly glamorous, but Lenovo's latest budget workstation could bring graphics crunching happily within reach of entry-level renderers. The Lenovo ThinkStation E20 range kicks off at $599, with a choice of Intel Pentium, Core i3, Core i5 or Xeon processors, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory (spread over four DIMM slots) and an optional NVIDIA Quadro graphics card.
Apple have quietly updated their Mac Pro desktop systems, adding a new processor option together with greater storage. Buyers looking for the most powerful Mac Pro around are now able to specify a 3.33GHz Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, which is a whopping $1,200 on top of the regular machine. The new CPU joins the existing entry-level 2.66GHz Xeon and 2.93GHz Xeon, the latter of which is a $400 option.
As for the storage tweak, there's now a 2TB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200rpm hard-drive option, priced at $350, in addition to the previous 640GB and 1TB drives on offer. The new 2TB drive has 32GB of cache, and is also available on the Apple Xserve server.
It's not yet possible to specify two of the 3.33GHz Xeon processors in Apple's 8-core Mac Pro, which still only offers 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz options. Apple have been tipped to release a 6-core, 12-thread Xeon (Gulftown) processor (built on 32nm processes and with 12MB of shared cache) in early 2010.
It's been a while since we've seen a significant refresh to Apple's Mac Pro desktop range, and so a rumor regarding what overwhelming components the company might slot inside is certainly timely. According to Hardmac's sources, Apple intend to outfit the Mac Pro with a 6-core, 12-thread Intel Xeon (Gulftown) processor, built on 32nm processes and with 12MB of shared cache. The hexacore CPUs will be accompanied by up to 128GB of RAM and a 10Gbit/s ethernet port.
That will be thanks to a newly modified, custom mainboard with support for 8GB and 16GB memory modules. Early testing of the CPUs, at least, have indicated that the hexacore Xeon requires less power than a current-gen quadcore Xeon of the same 2.4GHz clock-speed.
It's been a few months since HP launched their Z400, Z600 and Z800 workstations, and we've finally got the company's mid-range Z600 on the SlashGear test bench. A dual-processor monster that HP envisage being used in midrange CAD, financial modelling and even high-end DCC, the Z600 would also make for a storming video editing workstation; HP also claim it's environmentally friendly. That's the theory, anyway: can the Z600 really deliver performance in a home or small-office friendly way?