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Intel Xeon E5 already in channel, to be official next week

updated 03:10 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2012

Intel Xeon E5 ready to go

Intel's elusive, publicly accessible Xeon E5 processor is now known through a preview on Thursday. Workstation builder Supermicro gave The Inquirer a look at an upcoming E5-based workstation with two of the processors. Performance couldn't be publicly disclosed, but the Boston PC builder proved that they weren't hot and were stable enough to be production-ready.

The new Xeon should get a hard launch, Supermicro said. Intel has reportedly been shipping the new processors to the channel for weeks, guaranteeing that many companies will be selling complete systems the day the chips are made official. An embargo on performance is due to expire next week, effectively confirming a launch for the first full week of March.

A launch of the sort raises the possibility of a Mac Pro update coming relatively soon afterwards, if not at the same time. Shipping times and supplies have been slipping for Apple's workstations, and could see Apple have upgrades as a possible prelude to the next iPad.

The E5 is based on the refreshed, 32 nanometer Sandy Bridge-E architecture from this fall. While not the new Ivy Bridge design, it should allow for eight-core processors in mid-range workstations with larger caches and all the benefits of a much newer architecture. Intel hasn't updated its mid-field Xeons since 2010, a core reason why the Mac Pro and other towers have often had only mild updates. in the past year and a half.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Mac Pros!!!

    Yeah right,
    keep dreaming.

    Hackintosh anyone?

  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This site is so FOS. "Shipping times and supplies have been slipping for Apple's workstations". There is no editing or fact checking on this site. All Mac models except the 12 core are shipping/in stock. The 12 core is 2-4 days out. So often you read a paragraph here that is just pulled out of someone's a**. At least rumor sites don't call it real news.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: New Mac Pros

    Oh, they'll be released. Base price will go up a few hundred. Apple will add some fancy stuff to it to make sure the price has a reason to be so high (for example, quad thunderbolt ports, or solid state system drive by default, or some such nonsense).

    But my next 'real' mac desktop will be a hackintosh. I like my my multiple internal drives for storage (3 TB total, can't do that with a mini), and my eSATA drives and the speeds they offer for backup, and the desk space I get by not needing all those external drives to hook up to a mini or iMac.

    But $3k just for the excitement of having 4 drive bays and a built-in eSATA port? Don't think so.

    All of which has never made any sense to me, since Apple touts their clean lines and simplicity and all, then basically tells the 'pro' user "Oh, just clutter up your desk with adapter cables and external drives and all that".

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