The Xeon E5-2600, formerly known by the code-name "Jaketown" inside of Intel and "Sandy Bridge-EP" when Intel referred to it externally, is finally here for mainstream, two-socket servers. And now the 2012 server cycle begins in earnest – even if it wasn't soon enough for the most ardent data-center motorheads. The Xeon E5-2600 …
Isn't that another name for Dundee?
You're thinking of crap-hole.
Spend much time there do you?
Is this really progress? I seem to have missed it.
A lot of talk about technicalities and numbers, but in the end nothing significant is made concrete about its performance. It seems like they no longer have ideas on how to make use of those extra transistors in the new gen of chips to produce a faster *CPU*, so instead they tweak the old architecture and bring yet more stuff on-board the chip. Commiserations to the Reg though: must be hard writing articles that make tweaks sound like exciting stuff!
Re: Is this really progress? I seem to have missed it.
Moving functionality on-chip decreases latency and increases throughput and performance. Just not raw CPU crunching performance perhaps. But even CPU crunching benefits from lower latency memory accesses, the biggest advance there for Intel was with QPI.
This chip with on-chip PCIe gen3 controllers (think 40G Ethernet and beyond) will be great for network processing. Indeed this is one of Intel's focuses. See http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/communications/global-communications-network.html
Intel is not designing chips just for your desktop but for a lot of diverse use cases.
An interesting and in depth article, but you seem to have omitted to test how fast it will run Modern Warfare 3....
Tweaked for bloatware performance ?
Perhaps with the exception of floating point performance, it seems unlikely that highly tuned programs will run very much faster on this. If on the other hand you are running a crapload of bloatware, all of the listed performance tweaks should translate into higher overall performance.