Intel Xeon Processor E5-1600/2600 Product Families: Overview, Features & Comparison

Product Overview

Based on the latest generation Intel® microarchitecture (codenamed Sandy Bridge), the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 series is the first Intel® platform to offer solutions ranging from eight-core/singlesocket
up to 16-core/two-socket, providing significant performance improvement over previous-generation Intel Xeon processors.

Today’s private clouds enable greater business agility and efficiency by delivering innovative and scalable services that drive value back into the organizations they serve. Building and managing these services require systems that scale to meet your ever changing needs, while delivering solutions to the challenges IT managers face every day. Server and storage platforms based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family are built to be at the heart of today’s data centers and enable powerful, versatile private cloud solutions.

The Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family support key cloud requirements that make your data center agile and more responsive to changing business needs. Maintaining industry leadership for power efficiency and continuing Intel Xeon processor performance advancements, the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family gives you additional performance when you need it for single- and multi-threaded applications, including increased floating-point performance for technical computing workloads.

Table 1. Intel Xeon processor E5-1600/2600 product families features

Higher performance for peak workloads

• Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.03 takes advantage of power and thermal headroom to increase processor
frequencies for peak workloads
• Provides more and higher performance boosts and improved efficiency versus the previous generation

Higher performance for HPC applications

• Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) accelerates vector and floating point computations by
increasing maximum vector size from 128 to 256 bits
• Provides up to 2x performance boost4 for floating point operations, which can significantly increase
performance for high performance computing (HPC)5 applications

The first integrated storage and server processor

• Supports key storage processor features, including non-transparent bridging to increase scalability; the
ability to connect multiple systems, each with access to the other’s memory window; accelerated RAID,
which eliminates the need for a custom ASIC to perform RAID 5 and 6 operations

Hardened protection for virtual/cloud environments

• Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) lets IT establish trusted pools of virtualized resources
for stronger security in virtual and cloud environments

Industry-leading energy-efficiency

• Intel® Intelligent Power Technology11 dynamically manages CPU and memory energy states as workloads vary
to minimize power without slowing performance
• More sensors, finer-grained control, faster control loops, and greater accuracy increase power savings versus
the prior generation


One Solution, Multiple Advantages

This is the first dual-socket server-class Intel® processor series with PCI Express 3.02 integrated on the processor die, to boost performance, reduce latency and save power. Integrated PCI Express 3.0 saves board real estate over previousgeneration three-chip platforms by eliminating the need for a separate I/O hub.

Developers can create a single design, then deliver a family of products due to a broad range of processor features, including eight cores (16 threads) or six cores (12 threads) and a thermal design power (TDP) range of 70 W to 95 W. Single- or dual-socket configurations, when paired with the Intel® C604 or Intel® C602-J chipset,  maintain compatibility with enterprise platform requirements.

This platform provides the performance, I/O and memory capabilities for a wide range of compute-intensive embedded
and communications applications:
• Communication infrastructure servers, blades and appliances
• Security servers, blades and appliances
• Carrier-grade rack-mount servers
• Proprietary form factors, such as router modules
• AdvancedTCA-based blades
• Medical servers, blades and appliances

Intel Xeon E5-2600 Processors Comparison

Comparison chart


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