Intel launches Xeon E3-1200 v4 line-up at Computex 2015. The new chips are based on the broadwell architecture and its main focus is to bring improved integrated graphics Xeon range, much like the new desktop core i5 and i7 broadwell range. 

                                                    Intel E3-1200v4

Inside we find four Broadwell cores and a Crystal Well-backed Iris Pro GPU, baked with Intel's state-of-the-art 14 nm process. The Xeon enables ECC RAM support, PCI-passthrough, and VT-D, the former two being features that the desktop chips obviously lack, and VT-D only being present in some desktop chips.

         Intel E3-V4

As you see the family consists of 5 SKU's, the E3-1285L V4 the only one that doesn't have the Iris Pro Graphics or 128MB of eDRAM. Yet interestingly it still requires more power than the E3-1265L V4 even though it lacks Iris Pro and 128MB eDRAM.

The E3-1200v4 range is by no means set to replace the V3 range as you can get higher clock speeds with most of the V3 range. It looks like the current Xeon E3-V4 is somewhat a niche product. Besides being a chip for workstations with moderate graphics power, Intel clearly positions the chip as a video transcoding and VDI platform.

In summary, the current Xeon E3-1200 v4 lineup is only interesting if you need a server chip for video transcoding, centralized workstation or a local workstation with relatively modest graphical needs. Intel are also postioning the Atom C200 series and Xeon D series as the lower-end compute segment options.

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