Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Report: Intel Ivy Bridge EX Will Sport Up to 15 Cores

By - Source: WCCF Tech | B 50 comments

This year Intel's 'Brickland' platform is to arrive, starting with Ivy Bridge-EX and continuing on to Haswell-EX and later Broadwell-EX server CPUs.

Rumor has it that Intel's highest offering in the Ivy Bridge-EX lineup will come packed with a generous 15 processing cores. Alongside that, the CPU will carry 30MB of L3 Cache and will be based on the Brickland platform. Within Intel's previous offerings, its chip with the highest core count ran up to 10 processing cores on its flagship Westmere-EX CPU.

The new Brickland based server CPUs will be split up into two series: The Ivy Bridge-EX 'Xeon E7' parts, and the Ivy Bridge-EP 'Xeon E5' parts. While the EP lineup will pack from 6 - 10 cores, the EX lineup will start at 10 cores and come packed with up to 15 cores. The latter lineup will include the E7-8800 V2, E7-4800 V2, E7-2800 V2 parts. The EP lineup will include the E5-4600 V2 chip.

The new EX CPUs will also be able to support ECC DDR3-1600 and DDR4-2133/2400/3200 memory. No, your eyes are not mistaken, DDR4 might finally start to see daylight.

If high end server hardware doesn't interest you, the following might:
Intel has announced that its Ivy Bridge-E HEDT (High End Desktop) lineup may benefit from a higher core count, indicating that entry level CPUs will feature at least 6 cores, and higher end models might feature up to 8 or 10 processing cores. It is rumored that the Sandy Bridge-E i7 3980X might hit shelves not too far from now, which may become Intel's first native 8 core desktop CPU.

 

Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback

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
Top Comments
  • 27 Hide
    p05esto , January 31, 2013 2:25 PM
    Bragging rights for me, I want to check 70 email accounts at once.
  • 22 Hide
    Jerky_san , January 31, 2013 2:18 PM
    Wonder why the odd number? Easier yields or something?
  • 20 Hide
    wiyosaya , January 31, 2013 2:15 PM
    ilysaml15 Cores? And 15 Threads? 30 MB L3 Cache? WTF?

    I don't see anything in the article about threads. My bet is it is more than likely there will be 30-threads available.
Other Comments
    Display all 50 comments.
  • -9 Hide
    ilysaml , January 31, 2013 2:09 PM
    15 Cores? And 15 Threads? 30 MB L3 Cache? WTF?
  • 20 Hide
    wiyosaya , January 31, 2013 2:15 PM
    ilysaml15 Cores? And 15 Threads? 30 MB L3 Cache? WTF?

    I don't see anything in the article about threads. My bet is it is more than likely there will be 30-threads available.
  • 22 Hide
    Jerky_san , January 31, 2013 2:18 PM
    Wonder why the odd number? Easier yields or something?
  • -6 Hide
    jn77 , January 31, 2013 2:19 PM
    Its about time consumers are getting 8 core Intel CPU's but it is sad that they won't make a consumer 15 core processor available yet.

    In my case, this would be for 1080p and 4k video editing...... not checking email.
  • 27 Hide
    p05esto , January 31, 2013 2:25 PM
    Bragging rights for me, I want to check 70 email accounts at once.
  • 2 Hide
    juan83 , January 31, 2013 2:26 PM
    cool.. but what about prices? i mean, in 2 or 3 years from now, 4 cores would be as cheap as 2 cores now? i hope so, otherwise 100 cores are useless, simply i can't afford them.. :( 
  • 13 Hide
    CaedenV , January 31, 2013 2:46 PM
    This is super exciting! 15 cores and probably 30 threads is an incredable amount of horsepower in a single chip. And as server boards can typically do 2 CPUs then you are talking about 60 threads of raw multitasking power! Phenominal!

    Very glad to see DDR4 coming out as well, while ram does not bottleneck games, it is most definitely the slow point on some higher end business and server applications. Also the higher density that DDR4 brings means either less dimms needed, or more Ram available to a system. Hopefully too we will see DDR4 drop in price like a rock so that we can see it come out in phones in a year or two. DDR4's major focus was on power usage and density, so maybe we will be able to see some 2-4GB ram phones that can still keep some decent battery life.
    jn77Its about time consumers are getting 8 core Intel CPU's but it is sad that they won't make a consumer 15 core processor available yet.In my case, this would be for 1080p and 4k video editing...... not checking email.

    I would imagine the odd core count is exactly a yield issue. I mean, imagine the size of that die! That has got to be a monster! Getting a full 16 cores is probably rare enough that they would just use them in house when one happens to work out that way. Another interesting thought is that this is using some of the tech used in (I think it was called) Knights Corner where you had 'backup' CPU cores, and if one failed then you essentially had a hot spare to take it's place on the fly, preventing the need for down time, or for Intel to bother sending your a whole new chip.
  • -4 Hide
    nino_z , January 31, 2013 2:46 PM
    The question is - where are the new CPUs coming out. I wanna build a new pc soon and hate waiting too long.
  • 0 Hide
    CaedenV , January 31, 2013 2:47 PM
    @jn77
    sorry, I meant to quote P05esto
  • 8 Hide
    CaedenV , January 31, 2013 2:48 PM
    nino_zThe question is - where are the new CPUs coming out. I wanna build a new pc soon and hate waiting too long.

    most likely Q3
  • 8 Hide
    novaguy , January 31, 2013 2:49 PM
    Jerky_sanWonder why the odd number? Easier yields or something?


    My guess is that they can now fit 3 rows of 5 cores in the package due to the die shrink.
  • 3 Hide
    freggo , January 31, 2013 2:50 PM
    Why '15' ? Everything in IT is 2^n so one would expect 16 cores.
    Is there a technical reason ?

  • 9 Hide
    Fokissed , January 31, 2013 3:00 PM
    freggoWhy '15' ? Everything in IT is 2^n so one would expect 16 cores.Is there a technical reason ?

    Their hexa-cores weren't 2^n, and really there is no reason to be.
  • 7 Hide
    Fokissed , January 31, 2013 3:04 PM
    novaguyMy guess is that they can now fit 3 rows of 5 cores in the package due to the die shrink.

    Or the huge front-end, back-end, and cache on the die means that a square number of cores isn't needed. (the scheduler probably takes as much room as the 16th core)
  • -2 Hide
    InvalidError , January 31, 2013 3:17 PM
    jn77Its about time consumers are getting 8 core Intel CPU's but it is sad that they won't make a consumer 15 core processor available yet.

    Most software today hardly makes significant use of even a 2nd core. The number of "consumers" who genuinely need more than a quad-core is likely well under 1% of that market. Considering that the die size will be 3-4X that of i7-3770, that means 3-4X the risk of defects per die and also much fewer dies per wafer on top of much higher wafer edge losses. It does not make much sense to manufacture "consumer" CPUs that are so expensive that 'consumers' cannot afford them.

    I wouldn't quite call LGA2011 boards/CPUs "consumer" since they are more than half-way into Xeon territory.
  • 6 Hide
    InvalidError , January 31, 2013 3:28 PM
    FokissedTheir hexa-cores weren't 2^n, and really there is no reason to be.

    The main reason why digital things tend to scale with powers of two is simply that adding an extra bit in addressing/arbitration logic doubles the number of possible outcomes and that makes doubling everything else the most intuitive way forward from a digital engineering perspective.
  • 6 Hide
    ojas , January 31, 2013 3:40 PM
    Been wondering about the 15 cores too...it makes me as uncomfortable as the thought of 3 cores. 6 cores is still even so kind of feels ok...:lol: 

    CaedenVmost likely Q3

    Between May 27th and June 4th, if rumors are to be believed. Though actual product launch day is apparently June 2nd. That's like...just between Q2 and Q3, though that depends on Intel's financial year...
  • 9 Hide
    trumpeter1994 , January 31, 2013 3:42 PM
    Hope upgrading on Haswell won't put me in the same boat as building on my Core 2 quad did, everything was moving to DDR3 and I was on DDR2, Really don't want to build my haswell rig just to have DDR4 come out on the consumer end immediately afterwards
  • 4 Hide
    anxiousinfusion , January 31, 2013 3:50 PM
    If this truly supports DDR4 they may have just 100% guaranteed my purchase!
  • 3 Hide
    danwat1234 , January 31, 2013 3:54 PM
    Hmm, 6 core high end mobile chips coming? Maybe not until 14nm/10nm Sky chips?
    Single core performance is king, expanding to more cores should be a last resort for more computing power
Display more comments