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Jul 14 2009   9:17AM GMT

Report: Intel to release new server chips in early August

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

According to a report in Digitimes, which cites anonymous industry sources, Intel will launch four more Xeon server chips early next month.

The quad-core chips include processors in the 5500 (ie. “Nehalem”) and 3000 Xeon chip line. Let’s take a look:

  • W5590: You can see here that the quad-core W5580 runs at 3.2GHz with 8MB of cache and consumes 130 watts. Expect the W5590 to have a slightly faster clock speed, as that seems to be the pattern.
  • L5530: The L5520 is a lower-power quad-core chip (60W) running at 2.26GHz with 8MB of cache. Again, expect a slightly higher clock speed.
  • W3580: From the specification page for the 3000 series, you can see that the W3570 is a quad-core chip running at 3.2GHz with 8MB of cache and consuming 130 watts.
  • W3550: The W3540 is a quad-core chip running at 2.93GHz, 8MB cache, 130W.

A couple months ago, Intel showed off the so-called Nehalem-EX chip, an eight-core processor from the Xeon 7400 series that is expected out later this year.

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