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New High-End Intel® Server Processors Expand Performance Leadership

  • 30 August, 2006 17:43

<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon® processor 7100 series Intro Continues ‘Season of Servers’ Push</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia, Aug. 30, 2006 – Intel Corporation today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon® 7100 series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously codenamed “Tulsa,” the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated energy costs.</p>
<p>The Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 processor series offers up to twice the performance1 and nearly three times better performance per watt2 over previous Intel Xeon MP processors, boasts greater performance headroom than competitive offerings and delivers the reliability and scalability Intel-based servers are known for throughout the industry. These processors are also socket compatible with the currently shipping platform, speeding deployment and reducing qualification costs and validation times.</p>
<p>Using the SPECjbb™2005* benchmark, the Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY RX630 S3* server based on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7140M processor broke the previous record with a score of 178,201 business operations per second.3</p>
<p>A Dell PowerEdge 6800* server based on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 71400M smashed another world record by scoring 16,320 QphH4 using the TPC™-H* benchmark, which measures database performance.</p>
<p>Servers based on these platforms are an excellent choice for server consolidation -- particularly in virtualised environments -- and for running demanding enterprise workloads such as database, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and e-commerce applications. Servers based on the Dual-Core Xeon 7100 series processors are expected to be available from more than 40 system manufacturers worldwide starting today.</p>
<p>“Today's introduction continues an historic 'season of servers' for Intel where we have now delivered a record 23 new processors in three market segments in less than 100 days,” said Tom Kilroy, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group. “The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series is the best choice for demanding enterprise workloads based on new world record benchmarks, significantly outperforming the industry in key areas while not compromising on the reliability and investment protection that is so critical.”</p>
<p>Built on Intel’s industry leading 65nm manufacturing process, the Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors boast more than 1.3 billion transistors and 16MB of shared cache in an innovative architecture that features Intel® Cache Safe Technology for optimal reliability. Systems scaling to 32 processors will be available.</p>
<p>The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series feature numerous Intel-led innovations that enhance datacentre effectiveness including Intel® Virtualization Technology (originally introduced last year) that can help lower the total cost of ownership by assisting with consolidation of different software applications.</p>
<p>“Dell is focused on extending its leadership in server price-performance and performance per watt, while delivering enterprise solutions that reduce complexity. This combination is helping our customers turn their IT operations from a cost centre to a competitive advantage.” said Neil Hand, vice president of worldwide enterprise marketing, Dell Product Group. “The improvements in performance and power consumption in our PowerEdge* 6800 and 6850 with Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series give our customers an advantage in running their business-critical database and enterprise applications and continue Dell’s drive to deliver the most robust enterprise products in the industry.”</p>
<p>“With the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 Series on HP servers, customers can benefit from industry-leading performance delivered through a balanced system architecture and leading infrastructure management tools,” said Paul Miller, vice president, marketing, Industry Standard Servers and HP BladeSystem. “With a nearly 62 per cent performance gain over previous models, the new platforms are ideal for virtualisation and maximising the performance of business-critical applications.”</p>
<p>“In collaboration with Intel, IBM has set the standard for commercial processing performance with its System x* servers based on IBM X3* Architecture,” said Susan Whitney, general manager, IBM System x. “IBM continues to drive x86 performance leadership with its X3 Architecture and enables a uniquely scalable x86 platform as demonstrated by our top benchmark result for System x3950 in an SAP landscape. We look forward to expanding our System x portfolio with the Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series to offer clients unparalleled performance for their most demanding enterprise resource planning, database processing and server consolidation needs.”</p>
<p>IBM has posted its 100th number-one benchmark result with an IBM System x3950* 8-processor score of 3,350 SAP SD Benchmark users on the two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD)* Standard Application Benchmark.5</p>
<p>The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series is compatible with the existing Intel® E8501 chipset that was introduced last year and designed for dual-core processors. The 95 watt dual core option offers up to 40 per cent less power consumption than the previous generation processor, providing increased power efficiency and lower energy costs.</p>
<p>Intel’s 65nm ramp is proceeding extremely well with production already exceeding the company’s total 90nm volume. This manufacturing ramp is enabling Intel to drive a fast Dual-Core Xeon Processor 7100 series ramp. Intel’s manufacturing strength has allowed it to substantially revise prices for higher end Intel Xeon Processors delivering new levels of price/performance.</p>
<p>Supporting the Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 7100 series are the 4-Processor Intel® SR4850HW4x and SR6850HW4x server systems offering outstanding performance gains, and providing an optimal fit for database, ERP, enterprise class computing. For more details on the performance characteristics of the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series please visit</p>
<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7140M processor 3.40GHz 16MB 800MHz</p>
<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7140N processor 3.33GHz 16MB 667MHz US$1980</p>
<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7130M processor 3.20GHz 8MB 800MHz</p>
<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7130N processor 3.16GHz 8MB 667MHz US$1391</p>
<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7120M processor 3.GHz 4Mb 800MHz</p>
<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7120N processor 3.GHz 4MB 667MHz US$1177</p>
<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7110M processor 2.60GHz 4MB 800MHz</p>
<p>Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7110N processor 2.50GHz 4MB 667MHz US$856</p>
<p>About Intel</p>
<p>Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at</p>
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<p>Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.</p>
<p>Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information on performance tests and on the performance of Intel products, visit or call (U.S.) 1-800-628-8686 or 1-916-356-3104.</p>
<p>1 Up to 2x Performance – Claim based on comparison of Intel internal measured SPECjbb2005* 4P Intel® Xeon® Processor 7041 (codenamed Paxville MP) platform result of 69,898 bops and the published SPECjbb2005* result by Fujitsu-Siemens on a 4P Intel® Xeon® Processor 7140M (codenamed Tulsa) platform with a score of 178,201 bops, resulting in a 2.5x performance increase.</p>
<p>2 Nearly 3x Performance/Watt – Claim based on Intel internal measurements comparing SPECjbb2005*. Performance per watt calculated by taking the performance result for each system and dividing that by the total system watts (watts at the wall) measured while under the benchmark load.</p>
<p>3 SPECjbb2005* platform details: Fujitsu Siemens Computers PRIMERGY RX600 S3, Intel Xeon 7140M processor, 3.40 GHz, BEA Systems, Inc BEA JRockit(R) 5.0 P26.4.1 (build P26.4.1-5-64782-1.5.0_06-20060726-0014-win-x86_64), 32 GB (16x 2 GB) DDR2-400, Microsoft* Windows* Server 2003 Enterprise Edition x64 SP1. Result submitted to for review at 178,201 bops Aug 29, 2006. For more information, see</p>
<p>4 TPC-H* platform details: Dell* PowerEdge* MP platform using Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processor MP 7140M (3.40 GHz, 16 MB L3 cache) has submitted the #1 4-P TPC-H* 100 GB 1-node performance result as of Aug 29, 06. Referenced as published at 16320 QphH @ 100GB, US$13.40/QphH, System availability 8/28/06. Previously published TPC results. Data obtained from publicly available information and is subject to change without notice. Contact the manufacturer for the most recent information. TPC-C, tpmC, $/tpmC, TPC-H, QphH, $/QphH, TPC-W, WIPS, and $/WIPS are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. For more information, see:</p>
<p>5 The certification number was not available at the time of publication. The x3950 achieved 3,350 SAP SD Benchmark users with 1.98 seconds average dialog response time, 16,770 SAPS, measured throughput of 1,006,000 dialog steps per hour (or 335,330 fully processed line items per hour), and an average CPU utilisation of 97 per cent. Results referenced are current as of August 28, 2006. For the latest SAP results, visit The x3950 used 8 processors/16 cores/32 threads, Dual Core Intel Xeon Processor 7140N (3.30GHz with 1MB L2 cache per core) 32GB of memory, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition, and mySAP ERP 2004. SAP, mySAP and other SAP product and service names mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world.</p>
<p>For more information, please contact:</p>
<p>Paula Levy
Intel Australia
+61 2 9937 5931
+61 422 942 327</p>
<p>Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
+61 2 9954 3299</p>

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