BTSG: Inside the Xeon 5600 Refresh

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I was at an event a short time ago and ran into a reseller who was really excited about a bid he was working on that included a bunch of Xeon 5600s.

"Hey," he said, "this is a very cool HPC project and they want to use the fastest 5600 available so I bid it out with 5680's!"

Guess what? We just added 10 new processors to the Xeon 5600 lineup including the new Xeon X5690. It has six cores, runs at 3.46GHz, and has a TDP of 130W. I emailed the reseller the moment the information became public and he is on his way to making a customer super happy. Why? Because the new X5690 is the same price as the X5680. Nice!.

The 5600 refresh includes processors from the budget side all the way to the top of the line X5690.The number of cores still varies but now all the CPUs support Hyper-Threading, come with a full 12MB of L3 cache and have frequencies ranging from 2.93GHz to 3.6GHz.

All of the new processors are 32nm, have an integrated tri-channel memory controller, support Turbo Boost, AES and are compatible with LGA 1366 motherboards.

Now you know about the new X5690. There is another really nice part in the new lineup that you should know about. The E5645 is now available as a box processor and at a new price. The E5645 is a six core part running at 2.4GHz and it supports DDR3-1333. But the key here is that the E5645 is at a new lower price. In fact, the E5645 is the lowest priced 6 core Xeon part in our product line. If you have a customer that is considering a system with E5620's (our most popular SKU), you should really tell them about the E5645. For just a small increment in system cost then can see a significant increase in performance.

PVR_1and_half_drive_NO_server_logo_aIntel's new 320 Series lineup of SSDs offer a wide variety of capacities.But don't take my word for all this. I really like what Nick Danner and his boss, Terry Thorn, have to say about the opportunities available with the refresh. Nick talks about the added SKUs and the "sweet spot" of the lineup while Terry talks about the opportunity to move customers from the 5400 and even the 5500 over to the 5600.

NEW PRODUCTS: We just announced our new Intel 320 Series of SSDs based on 25nm NAND Flash memory process. The drives will replace the X25-M Series and come in a variety of sizes from 40GB to 600GB. If you are not selling SSDs, now is the time to start!

JUST LAUNCHED: We just announced the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 product family and Intel C202, C204, and C206 Chipsets. I just read a press release from Supermicro and I really like how they described our new offering. 

This new generation of UP server solutions delivers increased throughput, and higher performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar compared to its predecessors by delivering up to 25% performance improvement, 2x the memory footprint (32 GB total), 20 PCI-E 2.0 lanes, and two SATA 6 Gb/s ports (SATA 3.0).

"Our advanced SuperServer® architecture and broad selection of products optimized for the new generation UP Intel® Xeon® server processors deliver greater performance and lower power consumption with reduced TCO for customers," said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. "We believe that these latest 4 / 2-Core UP server solutions will help IT managers seeking higher performance and efficiency to realize better results with fewer resources to optimize their operations."

So you can expect to hear more from me about the E3-1200 product line very shortly.

Until next time,



Bill Elwell

is the North American Channel Manager for Xeon Processors at Intel Corporation.
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