New Intel Server Processors: Fewer Watts, High Performance

"Intel have issued a press release detailing the introduction of two low-voltage 45nm processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts"

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Two new low watt, high performance quad core Xeons.
 
Intel have issued a press release detailing two new Xeon CPU's aimed at servers and workstations.  These new low-voltage processors are built on the 45 nanometer (nm) process and run at 50 watts (or just 12.5 watts per core) with frequencies as high as 2.5GHz.
 
Intel state that the Quad-Core Intel Xeon L5400 processors are as much as 25 percent faster, and have a 50 percent larger cache size than Intel's previous-generation or low-voltage Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, while at the same time maintaining the low 50-watt thermal envelope.
 
The two new processors in question are the L5420 and L5410 CPU's which run at 2.50 GHz and 2.33 GHz, respectively, and feature 12MB's of on-die cache and dedicated 1333 MHz FSB.
 
The press release also reads:
 
 "Using Intel's hafnium-infused high-k metal gate transistors has allowed our quad-core 45nm low-voltage server chips to attain new heights in power-efficient performance," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Server Platforms Group. "These chips deliver the speed needed while using meager amounts of energy."
 
Pricing and availability of these CPU's is mentioned at $380 for the L5420 and $320 for the L5410 but after having a little search, over here in the UK you would be looking at paying around £255 for the L5420 and £215 for the L5410.
 
If you wish to read the full press release, it can be found here.
 
 
Are these new low power Harpertown processors what you're looking for to go in your server?
 
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25-03-2008, 14:49:48

Bungral
ASUS have announced the introduction of their passively cooled EN9600GT Silent which incorporates their V-Cool Heatsink design. They say it can reduce temps by up to 10°C over standard stock coolers.

The question is, do we believe them?

Read the full news article.

25-03-2008, 16:51:48

NobodyNowhereNothing
I wouldnt want to overclock that!!

25-03-2008, 16:52:22

Kempez
Good for HTPC owners :)

25-03-2008, 17:27:42

Bungral

Good for HTPC owners :)



My thinking exactly..

I wouldn't have posted it had it been a normal 9600 as we all know about them but this is something I hadn't seen yet.. What with it proving to be great value for money it would be sweet for the silent lovers.

25-03-2008, 17:52:32

Pat123
Hmm i had a passively cooled card before, a 7950gt infact and it was cool, but only with a fan placed somewhere near it.

These passive cards need pretty good airflow, which in the main part means more fans which kinda cancels out the noise they dont make.

25-03-2008, 18:00:41

Bungral

Hmm i had a passively cooled card before, a 7950gt infact and it was cool, but only with a fan placed somewhere near it.

These passive cards need pretty good airflow, which in the main part means more fans which kinda cancels out the noise they dont make.



I did think of that earlier but good airflow doesn't have to mean noisy fans.. Plus when a GFX card gets going its not only that they can be loud its the pitch of the noise that get annoying.. No such problems with passive I spose.

I spose its only gonna apply for the small few.. Just depends if there are enough of the few to make it a winner.

25-03-2008, 18:35:05

firefly
I'm sure there's a market for this - if it was more powerful I'd be part of it.
Obviously only works with good airflow - otherwise the case fans, cpu fan etc are working harder.
Nowt new about passively cooled graphics cards - but I know people who'd be into this, at the right price.

25-03-2008, 19:08:19

Bungral

I'm sure there's a market for this - if it was more powerful I'd be part of it.
Obviously only works with good airflow - otherwise the case fans, cpu fan etc are working harder.
Nowt new about passively cooled graphics cards - but I know people who'd be into this, at the right price.



Na again not new tech.. Well apart from the design but is it the most powerful passively cooled card? I'd imagine so.

Aint these the ones that are meant to scale pretty damn well in Sli? Or am I just making that up?
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