Intel has officially launched their Haswell-EX Xeon E7 V3 processor lineup aimed at the enterprise and server market. The launch lineup includes 12 new processors, all of which are derived from a single 18 core flagship Xeon part which is a beast in terms of specifications that include 18 cores, 45 MB of L3 cache, a die size of 662 mm2 and a total of 5.6 billion transistors. The Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family helps customers to securely process and analyze massive data sets in system memory for faster decision-making and improved operational efficiency, giving companies a competitive edge.

Intel introduced the new E7 V3 processor line up by saying: "In the digital services economy, success or failure can depend on how quickly businesses act on insight from vast stores of data," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. "The Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family is the engine for accelerating business intelligence through real-time analytics, enabling businesses to improve customer satisfaction through more personalized products and services, generate new revenue streams and enhance operational efficiency."


Key Features:

  • With 20 new performance world records across a broad range of mission-critical applications, the new processor family achieves a 40 percent average performance improvement compared to the prior generation2.
  • The processor family delivers up to 6x improvement in business processing application performance for in-memory transactional workloads3 optimized with the new Intel® Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel® TSX).
  • With up to 18 cores, a 20 percent increase in cores compared to the prior generation, and up to 45 megabytes of last-level cache, the processor family can deliver up to 70 percent more decision support analytic sessions per hour4.
  • Product family delivers up to 10x greater performance per dollar while driving up to an 85 percent lower total cost of ownership compared to alternative RISC architectures5 by reducing the cost of hardware acquisition and power and cooling.
  • The processors support configurations up to 32 sockets6 with support for the industry's largest memory capacity per socket7 (8-socket systems are capable of supporting up to 12 terabytes of DDR3 or DDR4 memory technology).
  • New security and reliability capabilities, including increased cryptographic performance via the latest Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), as well as additional micro-architectural improvements. Intel® Run Sure Technology, a unique set of reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features for the Intel Xeon processor E7 family8, is enhanced with new features designed to further ensure "five nines" availability for mission-critical applications.
  • Product family comprises 12 processor models, including multiple segment optimized processors such as two high-frequency models that are designed for a subset of database applications requiring the fastest cores available.
  • Starting today, 17 system manufacturers from around the world will begin announcing Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family-based platforms.  These manufacturers include Supermicro*.

                                      E7-V3 SKU Stack

    Twelve new processor models make up the Xeon E7 v3 range; the Xeon E7-8890 V3, E7-8800 V3, E7-8870 V3, E7-8860 V3, E7-4850 V3, E7 4830 V3, E7-4820 V3, E7-4809 V3, E7-8891 V3, E7 -8893 V3, E7-8880L V3 and the E7-8867 V3. They are price between $1,224 to $7,175.

    The new processors are 22nm 'Haswell' chips and socket-compatible with the previous generation of Xeons. The specifications for the flagship Xeon E7-8890 V3 processor, we are looking at 18 cores, 36 threads and 45 MB of L3 cache (LLC). Clock speeds range from 2.5 GHz base and 3.3 GHz boost while in AVX workloads, the clock speeds are throttled down to 2.1 GHz base and 3.3 GHz boost. The processor features a massive 165W TDP on a 22nm process which is due to the large die size that is 662mm2 in size and holds up to 5.6 Billion transistors.

    A complete platform can allow up to 24 DIMMs per socket (3DPC/ 96 DIMMs) with DDR3/DDR4 memory support. Thats upto 12TB of RAM in a 8 socket system! RSA capabilities include Enhanced MCA Gen2, rank sparing, address based memory mirroring, DDR4 recovery for command/address parity errors. There are also power states to allow efficient control over power resources. 

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