Intel Has 8-Core Xeon-E at Engineering Sample Stage
One of the interesting omissions from the re-release of Xeon E a couple of weeks ago were the 8-core versions. Intel reiterated its 4-core and 6-core parts, and given the recent release of 8-core processors for consumers we were expecting to see 8-core parts hit the primetime for the commercial market as well. Intel doesn’t officially comment on potential future parts, however one of Intel’s partners has a pair of Xeon E 8-core processors listed in the QVL section of one of its new C242/C246 motherboards.
The new processors are listed as ‘ES’, or engineering samples. Normally the final stage ES processors, we believe to be called ‘ES1’ parts in Intel internal lingo, are the step before full commercial products. These parts have an almost full range of specifications listed, as follows:
Neither parts have names listed in the QVL list, although we hazard a guess that if they both follow the current naming scheme for Xeon E, the top end model without integrated graphics will be the E-2188 and the secondary one will be the E-2138. This means that E-21 for the family, the final digit for the number of cores, and the third digit for its position in the stack.
The top part shows an 8-core processor with a 3.1 GHz base frequency, a 4.5 GHz turbo frequency, and a 95W TDP. It has 16 MB of L3 cache (2MB/core), is listed as the P-0 stepping, and it looks like the memory frequency isn’t finalized yet, although we suspect it to be DDR4-2666, supporting ECC UDIMMs. Pricing isn’t listed, but going by previous highest core count Xeon E parts, we suspect this to be in the $650 price range.
The other 8-core part has a 2.6 GHz base frequency, a 4.4 GHz turbo frequency, and an 80W TDP. The lower base frequency is in part in conjunction with the lower TDP. This processor also does not have integrated graphics, nor a supported memory listed, but also has 16 MB of L3 cache.
Timeline for availability is unknown. However, reaching ES stage is usually a good sign that these processors will come to market soon.
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