Intel is releasing a new range of CPUs oriented for the server market. These CPUs will be built on the 65 nm process with low TDP and high performance. They will be available in Dual Core Woodcrest and Quad Core Clovertown flavours, operating anywhere from 65W~120W TDP.
Last week, Intel held a press release in Taipei. Intel revealed a lot of new server-oriented processors. According to Intel Server Products Business Market Manager Tervor Lawless, “Core” microprocessor architecture based Xeon DP WoodCrest will be launch in mid-June. Intel and Trevor have been proclaiming WoodCrest’s maximal TDP to be 80W, but in fact this only applies for the highest end Xeon 5160(3GHz/4MB L2/1333MHzFSB). Other models like Xeon 5110(1.6GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB), Xeon 5120(1.86GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB), Xeon 5130(2GHz/4MB L2/1333MHz FSB), Xeon 5140(2.33MHz/4MB L2/1333MHz FSB) and Xeon 5150(2.66/4MB L2/1333MHz FSB) will have a mximal TDP of 65W only, similar to desktop microprocessor Conroe. Intel will come out with low-voltage LV Woodcrest, known as the Xeon 5148(2.33GHz/4MB L2/133MHz FSB), with similar specifications to the Xeon 5140, and a lower TDP of 40W, replacing last generation Sossaman-based Xeon processors.
Tervor also revealed more Quad-Core Xeon “Clovertown’s” information. The highest end Clovertown would not have a TDP exceeding 120W, with the mainstream models rated at a nominal 80W TDP. Using 65nm manufacturing process, Clovertown basically merges two WoodCrest cores on the same package with a shared 1066 FSB, supported functions will be the same as Woodcrest, with 4MB x 2 L2 Cache. Each Woodcrest core has 4MB shared L2 cache and the Clovertown’s total L2 cache is linked via the FSB. Clovertown will not need an upgrade in chipset or motherboard. WoodCrest-supporting Benley and Glidewell platforms will work with Clovertowns. Due to relatively manageble TDp there will not be any VRM of thermal design changes. The Clovertown will come in LGA 771 and FC-LGA6 package and is expected to be officially launched in Q1 of 2007.
According to a Taiwanese server motherboard maker, WoodCrest will be officially launched on 19th June, and hit the shelves in less than a week. Xeon 5110, 5120, 5130, 5140, 5150 and 5160, will be will a SRP of $ 209, $ 256, $ 316, $ 455, $ 690 and $ 851 USD respectively. LV Xeon 5148 will be priced at USD 519, which is very attractive compared to AMD.
AMD will officially launch the Opteron 285(2.6GHz/1MB L2 x 2) at USD 1051 on 3rd of June, the high unit pricing makes the Opteron a lot less competitive. AMD may eventuially have to slash prices.