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Intel Launches Eight Core, 16 Thread Nehalem-EX

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Yes, it can play it.

UPDATE: We've added in a couple new videos from Intel and IBM talking about the Nehalem-EX architecture and application.

In the enthusiast space for Intel fans, Gulftown may have just arrived with its hexacore power, but the world's largest chipmaker has a special new product for the server space.

Intel today launched the Xeon 7500 processor series, which offers up to eight cores packed in a single chip that's able to handle 16 threads at once.  Systems can include up to 256 chips per server to combine for 2,048 cores and 4,098 threads.

"The Xeon 7500 brings mission critical capabilities to the mainstream by delivering the most significant leap in performance, scalability and reliability ever seen from Intel," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president of the Intel architecture group and general manager of Intel's data center group. "This combination will help users push to new levels of productivity, and accelerate the industry's migration away from proprietary architectures. We are democratizing high-end computing."

This Xeon series is the first of the family to possess Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery, a feature that allows the silicon to work with the operating system and virtual machine manager to recover from otherwise fatal system errors, a mechanism until now found only in the company's Itanium processor family and RISC processors.

The new Nehalem-EX chips won't be cheap though; the hexacore X7542 model starts at $1,980 and the octacore X7560 is $3,692.

Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series

Intel and IBM demonstrate 128-thread Nehalem-EX server

IBM Shows First Ever 8-Socket, 128-Thread Nehalem-EX Server

Intel Previews The Intel Xeon 'Nehalem-EX' Processor

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    brett1042002 , March 30, 2010 9:51 PM
    coopchennick...play what, I don't know what you're getting at...


    Duck Hunt
  • 34 Hide
    coopchennick , March 30, 2010 9:49 PM
    Quote:
    Yes, it can play it.


    ...play what, I don't know what you're getting at...
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    thrust2night , March 30, 2010 10:26 PM
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    Too bad AMD has 12 cores and 16 cores by summer. ^ ^



    It's not the number of cores, it's how you use them. hehehe.
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  • 34 Hide
    coopchennick , March 30, 2010 9:49 PM
    Quote:
    Yes, it can play it.


    ...play what, I don't know what you're getting at...
  • 23 Hide
    lgmtk , March 30, 2010 9:51 PM
    "Yes, it can play it."
    oh come on marcus you are no fun...

    on that same note - WOW.
  • 36 Hide
    brett1042002 , March 30, 2010 9:51 PM
    coopchennick...play what, I don't know what you're getting at...


    Duck Hunt
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    webbwbb , March 30, 2010 9:51 PM
    It'll be nice when this hits the consumer market. I would love to see how after effects performs on that. Also, in paragraph 2 I think you meant 4,096 threads, not 4,098.
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2010 9:53 PM
    4098 or 4096
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    jhansonxi , March 30, 2010 9:56 PM
    I'm waiting for some manufacturer to jam one in a laptop just to prove they could.
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    shin0bi272 , March 30, 2010 10:14 PM
    so anyone taking bets as to how long it will be before we see 8 core desktops? 6 core xeons came out 2 years ago this july IIRC and we just got 6 core desktops (*and they only cost your first born son).
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    touchdowntexas13 , March 30, 2010 10:18 PM
    brett1042002Duck Hunt


    Speaking of duck hunt, I recently tried to play duck hunt on my old nintendo only to find out that the game does not work with LCD screens...

    It was a bit of a disappointment, but I guess I shoulda known.
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    manitoublack , March 30, 2010 10:21 PM
    Well when it hits the sub $1000AUD mark (and it will), I'll chalk one up.
  • 24 Hide
    thrust2night , March 30, 2010 10:26 PM
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    Too bad AMD has 12 cores and 16 cores by summer. ^ ^



    It's not the number of cores, it's how you use them. hehehe.
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    one-shot , March 30, 2010 10:47 PM
    This is a downpour on AMD's parade.
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    climber , March 30, 2010 11:10 PM
    jhansonxiI'm waiting for some manufacturer to jam one in a laptop just to prove they could.


    Eurocom has a laptop with the Core i7 975 in it, as well as quad core xeons at 3.2 GHz, so it's probably going to happen sooner rather than later. Eurocom also offers a server grade laptop.
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    indigoataxia , March 30, 2010 11:23 PM
    touchdowntexas13Speaking of duck hunt, I recently tried to play duck hunt on my old nintendo only to find out that the game does not work with LCD screens...It was a bit of a disappointment, but I guess I shoulda known.

    Why doesn't it work on LCD screens? I never quite understood how it worked anyway. There's no sensor bar!! Or any kind of calibration. +1 Vintage Nintendo
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    the_krasno , March 30, 2010 11:40 PM
    one-shotThis is a downpour on AMD's parade.


    Why? It's way more expensive than their solutions. If you can shell out the cash you can use Intel and if you have a tighter budget you can choose AMD. The fact that both companies have released new server-oriented processors with different price points is good news since nobody would be forced to pay a premium or get stuck with older tech.
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    megamanx00 , March 30, 2010 11:40 PM
    Countering AMDs 12 core Server CPUs I take it.
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    Tindytim , March 30, 2010 11:47 PM
    Trueno07It's great to see CPU technology progressing"Now... Now i can't help but think "Why? Is this really necessary"

    It's only necessary for large servers that are either:
    A. Doing scientific research (as the article states, bringing x86 to higher end supercomputer levels)
    B. Acting as the host OS for multiple virtual machine servers.
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