Intel Debuts Xeon E3 Haswell CPUs for Servers

by Sean Michael Kerner

The first Haswell chips for servers show up as the Xeon E3-1200 v3 product family.

Intel's new Haswell chip architecture isn't just for consumer PCs. Intel today announced the Xeon E3 1200 v3 product family built on the Haswell architecture.

Haswell offers the promise of improved power utilization as well as graphics performance. According to Intel, the new Xeon E3 Haswell chips are up to 18 percent more energy efficient and have 38 percent better graphics performance than prior Intel Xeon E3 chips.

Dylan Larson, Xeon Product Line Manager at Intel, explained to ServerWatch that the new Xeon E3 1200 v3 offers a very interesting set of Intel Xeon E3benefits that will enable new use-cases for x86 class servers.

In particular, Larson noted the new E3 1200 has enhanced media processing capabilities that will enable Intel to deliver a new class of server workloads. While graphics are not always associated with server-class capabilities, Larson stressed that data center graphics is an emerging area of opportunity for Intel.

The new E3v3 chips for example will be able to benefit Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) systems as well as help to deliver cloud-based gaming capabilities.

Media Transcoding

Video distribution is another key area where Intel expects the E3v3 to have an impact. As the number of different mobile devices continues to grow, there is a diffusion in the number of codes and media streams that are required.

The E3v3 will aid content delivery provides with a media transcoding capability that will help to accelerate video from the server out to the end user.

Larson noted as an example that the E3v3 is able to to do H.264 video transcoding up to 10 times faster than previous generations of Intel Xeon E3 processors. The improved video transcoding speed is transparent to end users in that they don't have to do anything to benefit from the E3v3. For content providers, Intel has built an SDK to help providers optimize the delivery.

13 Watts

The Intel Xeon 1200 E3 v3 is a single socket-based CPU and will be available in a number of different power configurations. For the first time, Intel will have a low-power Xeon E3-1220LV3, clocking in at only 13 Watts of power with a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz and a 4 MB cache. At the top end of the family is the E3-1275V3, which pulls in 84 Watts of power to power a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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This article was originally published on Tuesday Jun 4th 2013
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