Intel officially releases Xeon ‘Woodcrest’ processor

“Intel Corp. on Monday officially released its first processors based on the Core 2 micro-architecture, which the company hopes will bring the performance crown back to the largest chipmaker. The new processors also consume much less power compared to the rivals: only up to 80W for the top model,” Anton Shilov reports for X-bit Labs.

“Intel Xeon 5100-series processors previously code-named Woodcrest are powered by the new micro-architecture, which sports shorter pipeline and high performance per clock ratio. The new processors feature 14-stages pipeline (compared to 31 or more stages found in previous Intel Xeon), 4-issue out-of-order execution engine (Intel Wide Dynamic Execution), improved performance of the floating-point unit (FPU) as well as unified level two cache that allows one of two processing cores to use the entire on-die memory reservoir if necessary while the other is idle,” Shilov reports.

Shilov reports, “The initial Xeon 5100 lineup consists of models 5110, 5120, 5130, 5140, 5150 and 5160 that will operate at 1.60GHz, 1.866GHz, 2.00GHz, 2.33GHz, 2.67GHz and 3.00GHz, respectively. The chips will feature 4MB unified L2 cache, 1066MHz (for models 5110 and 5120 only) or 1333MHz PSB and will have thermal design power (TDP) of 65W, except the model 5160, which has TDP of 80W. Additionally, Intel plans model 5148, which will have specs totally similar to 5140, but will consume only about 40W.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike” for the heads up.]

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  1. Most of the conjecture I’ve read follows that these will find their way into XServes and maybe the highest end MacPro (or whatever they decide to call the PowerMac replacements). I think the XServe is a pretty safe bet, but Intel’s offerings are about to expand even further, so I’d say it’s too soon to tell. I guess we’ll just have to let the chips fall where they may ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cheese” style=”border:0;” />

  2. The liquid cooling system is there. Could we please have quad dual cores at 3gigs each in the upcoming PowerMac? Stevie said he would give us 3gigs a few years back…time to make up for it with quad 3 gig dual cores.

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