Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

IBM Launches New Octa-core Chips and Servers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

IBM will today launch its new Power7 processor along with systems based on the chip.

Scheduled to be unveiled today at an event in New York, IBM says the highly anticipated, next generation CPU will boost capacity, throughput, and energy-efficiency.

The Wall Street Journal reports that IBM's Power7 boasts 1.2 billion transistors, eight processing cores and can handle 32 threads. Power7 also packs a myriad of new features such as TurboCore, which IBM says delivers twice the performance per core of the predecessor Power6 Systems. Also present are other "Intelligent Energy" features that help reduce power consumption by as much as 90 percent.

"We feel good comparing it to current products and products we expect to come," Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems and Technology, says according to the Wall Street Journal.

Read the full story here.































Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
  • 3 Hide
    JohnnyLucky , February 8, 2010 5:47 PM
    I read about it in this morning's "Wall Street Journal". Very very expensive stuff for the corporate crowd. definitely not for gamers.
  • -8 Hide
    El_Capitan , February 8, 2010 6:17 PM
    I want one to play Crysis.
  • -9 Hide
    XD_dued , February 8, 2010 6:28 PM
    El_CapitanI want one to play Crysis.


    Can crysis even use 32 threads? DX
  • Display all 26 comments.
  • 2 Hide
    Shadow703793 , February 8, 2010 6:29 PM
    Hmm...32 threads? Wonder how this will compair to an Intel i7 in multi threaded apps (ie renderings, CFD,etc)
  • 8 Hide
    nevertell , February 8, 2010 6:45 PM
    I bet it's not x86. So it cannot be compared to an i7. And it won't run crysis natively.
  • 2 Hide
    falchard , February 8, 2010 6:51 PM
    IBM processors are in a different league then Intel Processors in productivity tasks. I don't think the Core i7 or Nahelhiem based Xeons stand a chance.
  • 2 Hide
    apache_lives , February 8, 2010 7:13 PM
    falchardIBM processors are in a different league then Intel Processors in productivity tasks. I don't think the Core i7 or Nahelhiem based Xeons stand a chance.


    Just as our desktop apps and games dont stand a chance on IBM's chips - Calculator vs Human Brain example
  • 0 Hide
    one-shot , February 8, 2010 7:24 PM
    I don't think this is an x86 CPU. So it's not running Crysis..
  • 1 Hide
    Shadow703793 , February 8, 2010 7:27 PM
    nevertellI bet it's not x86. So it cannot be compared to an i7. And it won't run crysis natively.

    Correct, it uses IBM's Power arch. However, you could run it on top of a VM and see :lol: 

    But anyways, with speeds of up to 4.14Ghz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POWER7
  • -1 Hide
    Shadow703793 , February 8, 2010 7:28 PM
    falchardIBM processors are in a different league then Intel Processors in productivity tasks. I don't think the Core i7 or Nahelhiem based Xeons stand a chance.

    Depends on the type of ops/code running.
  • 2 Hide
    nevertell , February 8, 2010 7:47 PM
    Shadow703793Correct, it uses IBM's Power arch. However, you could run it on top of a VM and see But anyways, with speeds of up to 4.14Ghz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POWER7

    Yes, but you can't really emulate a few pci-ex gpus through a VM soft, even if you could, there would be lag.
  • 0 Hide
    demonnn , February 8, 2010 8:24 PM
    this is the future cpu for ps4 (I've heard)
  • -3 Hide
    back_by_demand , February 8, 2010 8:29 PM
    Holy SHITBALLS!!!
    All it takes right now is for IBM to decide to enter the consumer CPU market and both Intel and AMD are DEAD!
    And don't they can't because they spend as much on R&D in a year as Intel has Operating Income in a year, combine that with the fact they even made this thing at all and it's a very real possibility.
    I can't even begin to imagine how fast and powerful a system based on this thing would be.
  • 0 Hide
    Shadow703793 , February 8, 2010 8:35 PM
    nevertellYes, but you can't really emulate a few pci-ex gpus through a VM soft, even if you could, there would be lag.

    Naahh... not if you have a 8P Power7 set up :lol: 
  • 0 Hide
    Shadow703793 , February 8, 2010 8:46 PM
    back_by_demandHoly SHITBALLS!!!All it takes right now is for IBM to decide to enter the consumer CPU market and both Intel and AMD are DEAD!And don't they can't because they spend as much on R&D in a year as Intel has Operating Income in a year, combine that with the fact they even made this thing at all and it's a very real possibility.I can't even begin to imagine how fast and powerful a system based on this thing would be.

    Wrong.

    For starters, this won't run 90-99% of the code out there except through VM. Second, you have no idea what a Power arch based set up costs do you? Third, IBM and AMD are in co op mode for 32nm tech anyways, IBM won't gain much if it enters the consumer market. It won't be worth it (the consumer market just won't accept it, just like RDRAM, BTX,etc). IBM makes a HUGE amounts of profit on the Power based servers/HPCs and super computers, IBMs perfectly fine in this niche market(s). Fourth, there are only a few Linux/BSD distros that have PPC support meaning a lot of code would need to be recompiled from source. Fifth, and most importantly, there is no Windows on PPC with out VM and even then there will be a lot of hardware/software conflicts.
  • 2 Hide
    gtown , February 8, 2010 9:03 PM
    demonnnthis is the future cpu for ps4 (I've heard)

    QFT
  • 1 Hide
    dheadley , February 8, 2010 9:59 PM
    Shadow703793Fifth, and most importantly, there is no Windows on PPC with out VM and even then there will be a lot of hardware/software conflicts.


    I mean it wouldn't good for too much these days but can't Windows NT 4.0 for PPC run on the newer PPC Computers?
  • 0 Hide
    fjjb , February 8, 2010 10:44 PM
    i mean 4 threads in programs is scarce imagine 32!!!!
  • 0 Hide
    liquidsnake718 , February 8, 2010 11:28 PM
    back_by_demandHoly SHITBALLS!!!All it takes right now is for IBM to decide to enter the consumer CPU market and both Intel and AMD are DEAD!And don't they can't because they spend as much on R&D in a year as Intel has Operating Income in a year, combine that with the fact they even made this thing at all and it's a very real possibility.I can't even begin to imagine how fast and powerful a system based on this thing would be.



    Intel is too good a marketing company and has the X86 instruction set in which most applications and games use. IBm would have a major disadvantage with 3rd party software and hardware drivers as they would spend alot more in order to "sell" their architecture and chip. This is why they focus on business or enterprise type companies that are large and not the average consumer.
  • 3 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2010 12:07 AM
    Tom's should bench a Core i7 vs. Power7 both running otherwise identical Linux setups. That way, we can judge once and for all whether x86 is all that great or not(my prediction is "not")... I know this CPU is intended for running mainframe OS, but surely you could get the PowerPC derivative of Ubuntu to run on it...

    Of course, if the Core i7 loses, that will just mean that all these years we've had a not-so-innovative Windows monopoly, and a slightly more innovative x86 monopoly both propping eachother up.
Display more comments