Intel’s Xeon series of processors are available for virtually every target market in the enterprise, from professional workstations all the way on up to multi-socket, high-performance servers. To date, some of the highest-end Xeon processors pack over 20 physical processing cores and can address massive amounts of memory. If you want to see what a modern, dual-socket Xeon E5 server can do with 72-threads churning on a rendering workload, take a look at this – and rest assured your desktop system’s performance can’t come close.
With the high-end of the market handled, Intel recently turned its attention to more mainstream market segments, and just launched a new family of Xeon E3-1200 v6 series processors. In a release, Intel says the Xeon E3-1200 v6 series is, “Designed for entry-level servers used by small-business customers and powering entry-level workstations used by business professionals worldwide, the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v6 product family supports the increasing workloads and workflows of today’s server and workstation customers, delivering greater business intelligence, acceleration and agility.”
Technically speaking, the capabilities of the new chips are similar toprevious generation offerings, but these new processors are based onIntel’s most recent “Kaby Lake” architecture, similar to 7th Generation Core i series processors. Leveraging Kaby Lake bumps performance up a notch over the previous generation, while also keeping power consumption in check.
The entire Xeon E3-1200 v6 series consists of quad-core processors, with varying frequencies. The complete breakdown is as follows…
All of the Xeon E3-1200 v6 series processors are 4C/8T parts, save for the E3-1220 and 1225 which don’t support HT, with 8MB of L3 cache, and 72 – 73W power envelopes. Frequencies range from 3.00GHz for the entry level E3-1220 v6 on up to the 3.9GHz for the E3-1280 v6 and three of the processors also support Intel HD P630 Graphics. The higher-end processors are best paired with more powerful discrete graphics cards, like NVIDIA’s Quadros or AMD’s Radeon Pro WX series.
The Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v6 product family is already shipping and available for purchase worldwide from Intel’s OEM and channel partners.