Whatcha Gonna Do With All Them Cores?

Today is April Fool’s Day, and it’s definitely hard to believe anything you could read at the internet right now. In spite all of these, Intel dropped the server grade Xeon E5-2699 V4 CPU with 22 cores and it is Hyper Threading capable with a total of 44 threads. That’s like working with 44 cores in total. Ultra neat stuff for a single socket CPU. Price ain’t pretty to look at though around 4, 100 USD which is almost 200, 000 Pesos if directly converted.

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According to Intel, the 22-core Xeon E5-2699 V4 with part number sports a 2.2 GHz clock speed across all cores, with a 55 MB Cache to boot along with support for a maximum of 24 DIMMs if paired in two. Of course, that would be DDR4 DIMMs in 2400 MHz fashion with a maximum of 385 GB of RAM capacity if all 24 DIMM slots are populated. TDP is up at 145W, which is expected with this behemoth. In comparison, the slightly higher clocked Intel Xeon Processor E5-2697A v4 of the same family with 16 cores also features the same 145W TDP. The Intel Xeon Processor E5-2697A v4, along with the rest of the E5-2600 V4 family, is specially made for the Intel Grantley Xeon Platform, supporting the Socket-R3 which is undoubtedly, the equivalent of the X99 chipset for servers.

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The Xeon E5-2699 V4 is certainly looking like a beast for server grade tasks, and workstations. But what can it actually do for us gamers? Intel is rumored to release a souped down X99 version with 10 cores in total, hopefully bringing the Broadwell-E to the prosumers sometime this year.

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