Es are good, Es are good. Xeon Es are good, says Intel: Entry-level workstation CPUs touted

Single-socket job wakes up and smells the Coffee Lake

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Xeon E ... Not too boring, but nothing to dance about

Intel has done a bit of Xeon processor range in-filling, and brought its single-socket Kaby-Lake-based entry-level E3 workstation family up to date.

Launched this week, the new 14nm Coffee Lake-based Xeon E-2100-series supersedes its Xeon E3 v6 cousins, which are aimed at basic professional workstations.

The move increases the line's top core count from four to six, with a turbo frequency up to 4.7GHz, and supports just 64GB of DDR4 ECC 2666 MHz RAM over two memory channels. Some of the parts support hyper-threading, some don't. The ones with four cores have 8MB of L3 cache, the six-core parts have 12MB.

The E-2100-series is up to 1.36 times faster at compute-intensive apps than the Xeon E3-1200 v6 processor, according to Intel.

The Xeon E family sits under the mid-range and single-socket Xeon W, which runs to 18 cores, and the range is topped by the dual-socket Xeon SP with up to 28 cores.

The E-2100 line mostly includes Intel's UHD Graphics 630 GPUs, with support for 4K UHD video and built-in HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration. The workstation chipset and processor together provide up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes, plus up to 10 USB 3 ports and eight SATA3 interfaces, and include the usual Intel vPro and SGX technologies, and support for Intel's 1Gbit Ethernet and wireless networking.

Our sister publication The Next Platform reckoned these E-2100s can also be used for low-end servers as well as workstations. Dell, HP and Lenovo have already or will have E-1200-supporting workstations soon.

There is a Xeon E workstation CPU product brief here, if you're interested. ®




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