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Intel's 18-core Xeon chips tuned for machine learning, analytics

Agam Shah | May 6, 2015
The Xeon E7 v3 chips are based on Haswell, Intel said.

The CPU is about up to 40 percent faster than its predecessor, said Matt Lane, Xeon E7 product line manager of Intel's Data Center Group.

Intel's architecture is becoming more flexible, and the company could create derivatives of the Xeon E7 v3 personalized for specific customers that may order chips in bulk, Lane said. Intel has already customized some previous Xeon E7 v2 chips to run faster with Oracle databases.

Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo are among a handful of companies launching servers with the new chips.

Intel's new E7 chips include four 18-core chips and eight chips with four to 16 cores. The fastest chip is the E7-8890v3, which runs at 2.5GHz, has 45MB of cache and is priced at US$7,175. The entry-level eight-core E7-4809v3 has a clock speed of 2.0GHz, 20MB of cache, and is the cheapest of the new offerings at $1,224.

 

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