TechSpot: Xeon E5 2600 - Interview with Intel IT's Ajay Chandramouly

Earlier this month, Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture finally made its way to the company's dual- and quad-socket-capable server processors with the new Xeon E5 product family. The launch is very important for Intel's business, not only because of the growing server market - fueled by cloud computing initiatives and Internet-based companies - but also for its push to expand to storage and networking equipment.

We had the opportunity to chat with Ajay Chandramouly, Cloud Computing and Data Center Industry Engagement Manager at Intel IT, who gave us some insight on how they have leveraged the Xeon processor family across their global data centers to drive performance and cost savings.

TS: First of all, thank you for taking the time to chat with us about Intel's latest server chip and its strategy for this market. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your job at Intel?

Sure, my name is Ajay Chandramouly, I've been with Intel now for 10 years.  Currently I'm in Intel IT, actually -- serving as Intel IT's Cloud Computing and Data Center Industry Engagement Manager. So, I think, for this interview what I can do is provide some insights from an actual end-user IT perspective on how the new Xeon E5 2600 product family could actually benefit a real IT shop.

TS: Back in November we reviewed your consumer-level flagship CPU, the Sandy Bridge-E based Core i7-3960X. We understand the new Xeon E5-2600 is based on very similar technology. Please go ahead and give us your full pitch on what's new and what are the key features of the new outgoing Xeons.

The new Xeon E5 2600 product family is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. It offers the best combination of performance, capabilities and cost effectiveness, which can really benefit the entire data center, not just in servers and workstations, but also in storage devices and network switches. Because the new Xeon brings benefits to compute, storage and networking we feel it will become the foundation for public and private clouds. To address the question about what's new, in summary the E5 2600 offers more of everything that affects performance. In other words, more cores, more cache, more memory, more integration with bandwidth across the entire platform to get your data where it needs to be faster than before.

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These XEON's are great processors and they are priced actually quite competitively. For example the E5-2620 which is a 2.0GHz / 6 Core / 12 Thread / 15MB L3 Cache CPU only costs £300 in the UK. While the cheapest Core i7 2011 CPU that has 6 cores is the 3930K at £440. The 3930K does have a higher stock clock and it also has the ability to overclock but it lacks 3MB of Cache that the E5-2620 has.

For once the XEON's are very competitive with Intels high end consumer range and I think that's quite good. And of course since these XEON's use the LGA 2011 socket you can actually drop them straight in to any LGA 2011 X79 motherboard. You still won't be able to overclock them (at all not even 100MHz) but you can get yourself a 6 core CPU for £140 cheaper than the i7 version and get a little more cache.

E5-2620 is 6x 2 GHz, while 3930K is 6x 3.2 GHz. 3930K is more than 50% faster. Also E5-2620 doesn't work in X79, E5-16XX does. E5-1650 is almost identical to 3930K and also costs about the same.

matrix64 said,
E5-2620 is 6x 2 GHz, while 3930K is 6x 3.2 GHz. 3930K is more than 50% faster. Also E5-2620 doesn't work in X79, E5-16XX does. E5-1650 is almost identical to 3930K and also costs about the same.

I'm pretty sure I pointed out the MHz difference in my post. Also the E5-2620 works fine in an X79 board as I've seen it with my own eyes The E5-2680 works too, which is an 8 Core / 16 thread XEON.

I love the Xeon CPU 3GHz 8-core (dual quad core boards) in my 4 year Mac Pro! No performance problems runnign the latest apps for Mac or Windows (natively on a second HD). Well worth the money spent as I still don't need a new Mac/PC yet. Maybe I will in 4 more years.

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