What could you do with 8 physical cores of CPU processing power? Probably not a whole lot on the desktop front (save for you Folding@Home fanatics), but in the server sector, Intel's upcoming 8-core Nehalem-EX chip is pretty big news, and it's launching later this month, according to Intel Xeon Platform Director, Shannon Poulin.
The announcement puts to rest any worries that the 8-core part might be delayed, and makes good on a promise Intel made last year when the chip maker said it would release the chip in the first half of 2010.
To quickly recap, Nehalem-EX boasts an extensive feature-set, including:
As you might expect, Nehalem-EX is intended for high-end servers and systems where crunching numbers is the name of the game. It will also come in handy for server consolidation and virtualized applications, Intel said. What we don't know, however, is how fast the chips will come clocked, at least not yet.
Like AMD's 12-core Opteron server CPUs -- codenamed Magney-Cours -- Intel's Nehalem-EX architecture offers four memory channels per processor. Nehalem-EX will offer up to nine times the memory bandwidth of the previous generation Intel Xeon 7400 platform, a pretty impressive leap.
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