The new E5-4600 chips are targeted four-socket servers handling intensive tasks such as database processing, private cloud transactions or high-performance computing, Larson said. The chip is based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture.
Intel is looking to maximize the density of servers with the E5-4600 chips, Larson said. A four-socket server with E5 can accommodate up to 48 memory slots, and the chip provides the throughput capabilities and memory channels for faster virtual machine deployment or in-memory transactions, Larson said. The E5 chips can also handle high-performance computing loads.
The E5-4600 chips have up to eight cores and run at clock speeds of up to 2.7GHz, and a processor can handle 16 threads simultaneously. A four-socket server could have 32 processing cores running 64 threads simultaneously.
An E5-4600 processor in a four-socket server is close to 88 percent faster than a comparable two-socket server with Xeon processor E5-2600 chips, which is also based on Sandy Bridge and announced in March this year. On virtualization, a four-socket server with E5-4600 chips are more than twice as fast as a two-socket server with E5-2600 chips, according to Intel benchmarks.
The E3-1200 V2 product family ranges draws between 17 watts to 45 watts of power and is priced from US$189 to $884 in quantities of 1,000. The E5-4600 with four, six and eight cores are priced from $551 to $3,616.
Intel also introduced new E5-2400 based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, which are targeted at two-socket servers. The product family ranges from $188 to $1,440.