During September we managed to get hold of some Haswell-EP samples for a quick run through our testing suite. The Xeon E5 v3 range extends beyond that of the E5 v2 with the new architecture, support for DDR4 and more SKUs with more cores. These are generally split into several markets including workstation, server, low power and high performance, with a few SKUs dedicated for communications or off-map SKUs with different levels of support. Today we are testing two 10 core models, the Xeon E5-2687W v3 and the Xeon E5-2650 v3.

Intel Xeon E5 Version 3: Up to 18 Haswell EP Cores

Intel's new Xeon is here, and once again it has impressive specs. The 662 mm² die supports up to eighteen cores, contains two integrated memory controllers, and comes with...

83 by Johan De Gelas on 9/8/2014

GIGABYTE Server GA-7PESH3 Motherboard Review

A dual processor system sounds awesome to the home user but in reality it is almost entirely a professional market. The prosumer has to use Xeons at JEDEC memory...

34 by Ian Cutress on 9/4/2014

DigitalStorm Slade Pro Workstation PC Review

While system integrators are often best known for their high performance gaming PCs, they can also carve out a niche with customized workstation systems.

51 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/23/2014

Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2687W v2 Review: 12 and 8 Cores

Intel’s roadmap goes through all the power and market segments, from ultra-low-power, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, mainstream desktops, enthusiast desktops and enterprise. Enterprise differs from the rest of...

70 by Ian Cutress on 3/17/2014

Intel Xeon to get Crystal Well: E3-1284L v3

At both the Intel Haswell launch and the first shipping Haswell Xeon silicon, I lamented the lack of a Crystal Well Xeon part in the line-up. It would...

34 by Ian Cutress on 3/10/2014

GIGABYTE Server to Offer a 1P LGA2011 Motherboard with 10GbE SFP+

While home networking is moving slowly forward in the march towards 10GBase-T, having high speed access in the enterprise arena can be a specific requirement for a mission critical...

19 by Ian Cutress on 3/6/2014

The Intel Xeon E7 v2 Review: Quad Socket, Up to 60 Cores/120 Threads

Meet the new Xeon E7 v2, codenamed "Ivy Bridge EX". We've had the new processors in our labs for the past few weeks putting them to the test, using...

125 by Johan De Gelas on 2/21/2014

Intel’s Three Versions of Socket 2011, Not Compatible

With our recent discussion regarding Intel’s launch of the 15-core Xeon E7 v2 ‘IvyTown’ processors, thoughts for a lot of high end consumers focused on the underlying hardware for...

47 by Ian Cutress on 2/20/2014

Intel Readying 15-core Xeon E7 v2

Reports from ISSCC are coming out that Intel is preparing to launch a 15-core Xeon CPU. The 15-core model was postulated before Ivy Bridge-E launch, along with 12-core...

54 by Ian Cutress on 2/11/2014

Free Cooling: the Server Side of the Story

Servers that support higher inlet temperatures could significantly reduce or even eliminate the cooling costs of the data center. We received the 2U supermicro 6027R-73DARF that supports the latest...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 2/11/2014

Intel's Xeon E5-2600 V2: 12-core Ivy Bridge EP for Servers

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...

72 by Johan De Gelas on 9/17/2013

Gigabyte Launching Two New Haswell Xeon Server Motherboards

On the back of the Haswell launch a Gigabyte email dropped in our inbox regarding a pair of new single socket workstation motherboards they are launching for Haswell Xeons...

13 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2013

Puget Systems Genesis II Quiet Workstation Review

As a boutique, Puget Systems has been able to produce some of the quietest towers we've ever tested, but can they work their magic with a pair of octal-core Xeons?

18 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/22/2013

Server Update April 2013: Positioning the HP Moonshot 1500

With HP launching the "Moonshot" server class and Intel's IDF at Beijing, we felt it was interesting to look a bit closer at the newest developments in the server...

26 by Johan De Gelas on 4/11/2013

Calxeda's ARM server tested

ARM based servers hold the promise of extremely low power and excellent performance per Watt ratios. It's possible to place an incredible amount of servers into a single rack—there...

99 by Johan De Gelas on 3/12/2013

Westmere-EP to Sandy Bridge-EP: The Scientist Potential Upgrade

Earlier this year I wrote a review of a dual processor Sandy Bridge-EP system from the point of view of the non-CS trained coder in a research group, and...

44 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2013

The new Opteron 6300: Finally Tested!

AMD unveiled their Opteron 6300 series server processors, code name Abu Dhabi, back in November 2012. At that time, no review samples were available. The numbers that AMD presented...

55 by Johan De Gelas on 2/20/2013

Intel Launches “Centerton” Atom S1200 Family, First Atom For Servers

In recent months much has been made over the potential incursion of ARM into Intel’s tightly held server markets, and for good reason. ARM’s general focus on SoCs for...

35 by Ryan Smith on 12/11/2012

The Xeon Phi at work at TACC

The Xeon Phi family of co-processors was announced in June, but Intel finally disclosed additional details about the first shipping implementation of Larrabee. In this short article we'll go...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 11/14/2012

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