Intel today announced a slate of 10 new entry-level Xeon processors with higher turbo frequency, faster DRAM speeds, and enhanced I/O capabilities.
The new Xeon E processor line-up represents a “big advance versus the line that it replaces from just last year,” said Jason Kennedy, director of data center product marketing. “It’s a significant upgrade for value-conscious buyers looking to refresh their systems.”
Kennedy said the new Xeon E-2100 processors scored 45% higher on Maxon’s Cinebench software tool, which benchmarks performance for 3D-modeling and animation applications, compared to last year’s Xeon E3-1200 v6 processors. They are also spec’d out to exceed the standard configurations for the Oculus and Vive VR platforms, he said.
The new CPU options range from the low-end four-core Xeon E-2124 3.3 GHz (4.3 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0) chip, at a recommended customer price of $193, to the high-end six-core Xeon E-2186G 3,8 GHz (4.7 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0) CPU at $450. Most of the new E processors feature Intel UHD Graphics 630, supporting 4K UHD with HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration. See chart, above for full specs.
The processors will begin shipping in entry-level workstations from top OEMs, Intel said.