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Intel to Ship 10-core CPUs in First Half of 2011

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Intel's "Westmere-EX" Xeon processor is expected to ship during this half of 2011.

Thursday an Intel spokesperson said that its upcoming 10-core "Westmere-EX" Xeon processor (pdf) will launch during the first half of 2011. The chip follows Intel's 2010 release of the Nehalem-EX CPU, currently the fastest Intel server processor on the market sporting up to eight cores.

The new Xeons will bring additional security features to the table including Advanced Encryption Standard-New Instructions (AES-NI) for faster encryption and decryption of data. The processor itself will be manufactured using 32nm processing technology whereas the current Nehalem-EX was made using the 45nm process.

The Intel spokesperson added that Westmere-EX will be targeted at high-end servers--those with up to eight sockets--in data centers maintaining large databases and other applications. Each physical core will run up to two threads, providing servers with the ability to run up to 160 threads simultaneously (8 processors @ 20 threads each).

In addition to the improved design, the new Xeon will be socket-compatible with existing Nehalem-EX chips, making it easy for customers to upgrade server processors. Two-socket systems running on Westmere-EX chips will also support up to 2 TB of memory.

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    caeden , February 19, 2011 12:03 AM
    160 threads... in one machine... drool
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    JOSHSKORN , February 19, 2011 12:12 AM
    caeden160 threads... in one machine... drool

    I wonder if that can play...oh, you know. LOL

    /sarcasm

    If business computers will have this (a 10 core processor) available to them, I wonder what will be available for the personal computer.
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    HansVonOhain , February 19, 2011 12:30 AM
    Wow, do folding@home on that. Dual CPU board will be expensive, I assume.
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    TheWhiteRose000 , February 19, 2011 12:45 AM
    Will that work on a 1366 socket?
    o_0?
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    jprahman , February 19, 2011 12:51 AM
    freaking awesome! Just imagine opening task manager and seeing 160 threads! And yes, it can play crysis.
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    albion000 , February 19, 2011 12:57 AM
    @TheWhiteRose000: No, the Nehalem-EX Xeons use an LGA-1567 socket meant for servers.
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    TheWhiteRose000 , February 19, 2011 1:00 AM
    @Albion000 Ah, Alright thanks bro.

    :3
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    aznguy0028 , February 19, 2011 1:47 AM
    "In addition to the improved design, the new Xeon will be socket-compatible with existing Nehalem-EX chips, making it easy for customers to upgrade server processors."

    LOL. Surprising to hear that, I think this has been the first time in awhile that I've heard Intel's new chips being compatible with a previous socket. Now... only if desktop users had this luxury as well :( 
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    alidan , February 19, 2011 2:21 AM
    HansVonOhainWow, do folding@home on that. Dual CPU board will be expensive, I assume.


    only dual intels are expensive, amd stopped charging a crapton... and dual was never as expensive as quad.
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    Blessedman , February 19, 2011 2:31 AM
    pretty sure that is a typo... 2 threads per core @ 8 cores = 16 threads... now considering their target, 8 sockets x 16 threads per = 128 threads per board.
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    maxh2 , February 19, 2011 2:40 AM
    Blessedmanpretty sure that is a typo... 2 threads per core @ 8 cores = 16 threads... now considering their target, 8 sockets x 16 threads per = 128 threads per board.

    2 threads per core at 10 cores = 20 threads. 8 sockets x 20 threads = 160 threads per board. No typo.
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    hakesterman83 , February 19, 2011 3:02 AM

    They got so many issues with Sandy B that they better focus on her before they even think about the next task. I am going AMD this time around maybe next time i'll do Intel. AMD is better for Game playing anyway.
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    joytech22 , February 19, 2011 3:15 AM
    hakesterman83AMD is better for Game playing anyway.


    Well no not really, they perform similar to Intel's CPU's in games but you see a bottleneck faster with AMD's CPU's.

    AMD hasn't really released anything new for 2 years (Phenom II) and those are slower than C2Q at the same speed.

    AMD DID get their server CPU's right though, 12 core at 2.2GHz almost eats up a i7 980X, but the i7 still does the eating :( 

    Must get 2600k.. or bulldozer if it comes early enough..
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    bit_user , February 19, 2011 3:46 AM
    Needs like 5-channel memory to keep those cores busy, tho!
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    f-14 , February 19, 2011 5:30 AM
    so how many people per server will now be able to play crisis at work?
    Lumbergh:"Yyaaaaaaa Peter, i need you to start comming to work on saturdays, we've lost a couple people and need to play catch up"
    Peter:" sure no problem Lumbergh, will Micheal and Samir be here too?"
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    tripplenipple1224 , February 19, 2011 7:52 AM
    234570 core processors
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 19, 2011 9:01 AM
    Home users will soon experience the 8 core going upto 16 threads & like usual it takes about a year for the new server stuff to come down to us...So in about a year from now we will expect 10 cores with 20 threads for our home computers...
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    shin0bi272 , February 19, 2011 11:46 AM
    maxh22 threads per core at 10 cores = 20 threads. 8 sockets x 20 threads = 160 threads per board. No typo.

    what board has 8 sockets? Most Ive seen is 4.
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    shin0bi272 , February 19, 2011 11:47 AM
    this is great for servers and VMs but pretty much a waste for home users. We arent even using all 8 threads in quad cores with HT yet.
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 19, 2011 11:55 AM
    caeden160 threads... in one machine... drool

    More like, "spool".
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