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Nehalem-based Xeon chips due end of March?

updated 05:20 pm EST, Mon February 2, 2009

Nehalem Xeon Late March

Intel will release its Nehalem-based Xeons at the very end of the quarter, a late leak reveals. The semiconductor firm is believed to be readying the new Xeons for an unusual late March release that would see the first wave of processors announced on the 29th and available a day later. Pricing has also been corroborated for some chips and tops out at $1,557 for a 3.2GHz quad-core Xeon W5580, with a 2.93GHz parallel costing $1,349.

In an unusual step, Intel is understood to be selling the cooling fan separately from the processors themselves in what may be a move to let home builders or PC manufacturers use their own at a lower price.

The processors will be the first workstation-class processors to use the same basic architecture as Core i7 and use a new peripheral interface that dramatically reduces the amount of latency while increasing the memory bandwidth, both of which are historic weaknesses of previous Xeons. Early tests of pre-production models have shown the parts to be roughly twice as fast as higher-clocked current Xeons in synthetic benchmarks.

New Xeon introductions normally see Intel offer the processors separately at retail as well as pre-installed in new servers and workstations, with Apple, Dell, HP and others often launching systems soon after the upgrades.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'd like a Pro case but if Apple insists that ONLY Xeons can go in standalone expandable computers, then I'm not sure what I will be buying next if anything this year. I sincerely hope they have an affordable (sub $2,000) expandable non-iMac even if it means using the core 2 line or whatever Nehalem.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Only 1 chip

    will be in the first new mac pro still being an 8 core.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Expensive

    You could look at the EFI-X and a compatible computer...

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