The core architecture inside the latest Xeon is typically a step behind what you find inside the latest desktop and notebook chips. A longer and more thorough validation is one reason, but there is more. The high-end model of the Xeon E5-2600 V2 or "Ivy Bridge EP" is, aside from the core architecture, completely different from the Ivy-bridge "i7-3xxx" that was launched in the spring of last year. With twelve cores, two integrated memory controllers, no GPU and a 30MB L3 cache, it's the big brother of the recently reviewed Ivy-bridge E (Core i7 4960x). What this processor brings to the server world is the subject of our review.

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