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Intel quietly debuted mobile Xeon processors based on the Skylake platform yesterday, saying little more than the chip line will be bringing ECC memory to mobile, and that more information would be coming soon. The E3-1500M processors were detailed slightly more overnight in a pair of Lenovo ThinkPads released at the SIGGRAPH show. Lets take a look at what we know about the processor, and what we don't, and evaluate the Lenovo offering and see what we can glean about the processor's inclusion in a future MacBook Pro.
Intel has increased the range of its fifth-generation "Broadwell" family of processors, announcing a new set of ten processors at Computex, alongside new Xeon processors. The new chips are divided equally between desktop and mobile versions, with the processor producer incorporating Iris Pro graphics into its LGA desktop processors for the first time, giving a boost to systems that rely on integrated graphics instead of a separate graphics card.
Intel made a big announcement this week during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, unveiling the newest processors in the Xeon line-up. The new processors offer a significant jump in performance over the previous Xeons, thanks to the new "Grantley" platform. The new Intel chips increase the number of cores available in a single unit, but are also the first processors to use DDR4 in a server setting.
The power-oriented desktop Xeon processor family is beginning to see some of the improvements implemented in the "Haswell" series of fourth-generation Intel Core processors. A new Xeon E3-1284L has been spotted, introducing Intel's Iris Pro 5200 graphical chipset into the processor.
Apple's upcoming Mac Pro is set to be released in December -- and with its launch still a month away, speculations continue regarding how it will perform. Apple has not announced which processors will be used, but according to John Poole of Primate Labs, research suggests Xeon E5 is likely for all upcoming models. Furthermore, the specs of the suggested processors appear to line up with details posted on the official Mac Pro website.
A hardware site has done new testing on the processor most likely to go into Apple's forthcoming Mac Pro -- the 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2 -- and found scores in excess of 30,000 using the 64-bit version of Geekbench. This alongside testing on PC hardware using real-world applications appear to rank the chip at about double the speed of the best available standard-power Core i7 processor, the 4770K. If the results prove true and Apple uses that particular chip in the upcoming Mac Pro, it would make it significantly faster than any currently-available Mac.
Cray has launched its new supercomputing creation, the Cray XC30, codenamed Cascade. The new system combines Intel Xeon processors with the Aries interconnect, new cooling and power technologies and Cray's integrated software environment, to create a supercomputer capable of workloads higher than 100 petaflops.
Dell has just announced four newly updated Precision tower workstations for business professionals with Intel's 32nm, eight-core Xeon E5-2600 processors. Other than the new chip, the towers get an externally-removable power supply that doesn't require any tools. It is lockable and has a built-in handle that lights up green when it's functioning properly.
New rumors floated Monday have raised the prospect of a possible shortage of Xeon E5-2600 processors. Taiwanese server designers purportedly told Digitimes that there was 20 percent less supply of Intel's workstation chip than for brisk orders, leading contract PC builder Quanta to push Intel for more. Most top computer builders plan to use the E5, and interest had been "higher than expected," the tip indiciated.
The "new Xeons are finally here" and are being discussed today in the MacNN forums in this thread started by Professional Poster Don Pickett. Today one Fresh-Faced recruit was looking for some answers when certain tracks failed to play properly on their iPod classic.