Intel have been teasing with some pre-show chip information in advance of their IDF (Intel Developer Forum) kicking off September 22nd. As well as talking up their manufacturing expertise - Intel describe themselves as "by far the most advance of any semiconductor manufacturer in the world" - they're also tipping their upcoming Jasper Forest embedded processor platform.
It's not quite the September 6th announcement we expected, but Intel have finally come clean on their new Core i7-860, i7-870 and Core i5-750 processors, along with a cluster of new Xeon chips. The three new Nehalem-based consumer processors run at 2.80GHz, 2.93GHz and 2.66GHz respectively, with the two Core i7 chips having four cores and eight threads each, while the Core i5 chip - which lacks Hyper Threading support - manages with four cores and four threads.
Each can be flipped into Turbo mode, with the i7-860 scaling up to 3.46GHz, the i7-870 up to 3.6GHz, and the i5-750 up to 3.2GHz. All three have a TDP of 95W, and will be priced - when bought in 1,000 unit quantities - at $284, $562 and $196 each, respectively.
As expected, Intel have announced their latest Xeon processor, the L5530, a low-power version of their existing 5500-series CPU. The Xeon L5530 runs at 2.40GHz but has a TDP of 60W compared to the regular 80W versions. This adds up to reduced energy bills and cooler-running systems, such as blade workstations.
Earlier this year we covered the launch of HP's latest Intel Nehalem-based workstations, and soon enough HP had a Z400 test unit for us to try out. The entry-point to the new range, the Z400 misses out on some of the more innovative design features of its bigger siblings, but arguably the most important thing - the Xeon processor - is there front and center. Read on for our benchmarks and impressions.
Last we heard, Psystar were filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Apple were rubbing their hands together at the prospect of finding out who had been financially backing the Mac-clone company, and everyone else was saying "yep, saw that coming." Color us surprised, then, to hear that Psystar have emerged from the bankruptcy and even announced a new, Intel Xeon-based product.
Intel have announced their latest Xeon processor, the eight-core Nehalem-EX. Intended for servers, though providing an interesting insight into what the consumer Core i7 architecture might evolve into, Nehalem-EX can support up to sixteen threads with 24MB of shared cache, Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost.
Apple have launched a new version of their Xserve server, based on Intel's Xeon "Nehalem" processors. The new Apple Xserve is available in single or dual-processor setups, using the quad-core Xeon processor (up to 2.93GHz) paired with between 3GB and 24GB of DDR3 RAM.
Fujitsu Siemens have announced three new workstations under its Celsius brand, all using Intel's latest Xeon processors. The Celsius M470, R570 and R670 are all multi-core capable, support up to 24GB, 48GB and 96GB of RAM respectively, and dual graphics.
We've been hearing about it for awhile now, but Intel officially expanded the availability of their Nehalem-based Xeon processors today. Even though it was first introduced in the Mac Pro, the processors are now available in a wider-range of products.
Apple has introduced a new line of Mac Pros. Inside the new Mac Pro, Apple uses Intel’s latest Nahelem Xeon Processors. The new Mac Pro starts at $2,499 for a single CPU (Quad Core) configuration with Xeon 3500, 3GB of DDR3 RAM.