View Full Version : GamePC: A New Perspective : Intel’s “Woodcrest” Xeon Previewed

06-26-06, 07:17 AM
"Intel is on the verge of their first major architecture change in the last five years. Within the next several weeks, Intel will be replacing their current desktop, gaming, workstation, and server processors with newer models based on their heavily hyped "Core" architecture. "Core" is the replacement architecture for Intel's "Netburst" architecture which was the basis of the Pentium-4, Pentium-D, Pentium Extreme Edition and (most) modern Xeon processors. Many are calling this massive change the largest single paradigm shift in Intel's 38 year history, as the company is moving away from raw clock speeds and performance at all costs to providing more balanced solutions along with "platforms" of multiple components bundled together.

Intel's "Netburst" architecture was originally slated to scale up to 10 GHz when it first launched at clock speeds of 1.5 GHz in late 2000. Obviously, Intel never even made it close to that mark, only scaling up to 3.8 GHz at its maximum before Intel threw in the towel. Intel is not making any similar predictions with the Core architecture, but all signs are pointing to "Core" and similar derivates being the fundamental architecture to drive Intel's processor line up throughout the rest of the decade. Unlike the Netburst architecture , Intel's new "Core" architecture is designed less for marketing purposes, more for what high-end users have been demanding. Excellent performance across the board, no matter what the clock speed, while consuming low amounts of power and creating low amounts of heat.

While many know that Intel will push the "Core" architecture for the desktop in the form of the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors in the next month, many are not aware that Intel will also be selling the same basic processor in a workstation variant as well, which is what we're looking at today. The "Core" models which are targeted at the desktop are produced under the "Woodcrest" codename, and are nearly identical in design to the Core 2 Duo which will be seen on the desktop, but feature faster front side bus speeds and multi-processor support. Much like Intel used the same basic processor design for their "Presler" Pentium-D processors and “Bensley” Xeon 5000-series processors, the same “Core” architecture is being used in multiple places with their new product lineup.

These new "Woodcrest" Xeon processors will be sold under the Xeon 5100-series name, and will likely go on sale before the Core 2 Duo for the desktop will. Thus, if you want to get your hands on this technology first, read-on. In addition, seeing multiple "Woodcrest" processors in action also gives us a very vague preview-of-sorts to what Intel has in store for 2007 as well, as they will be merging multiple Core 2 Duo-like cores into a single quad-core processor (codenamed : Clovertown). Multiple "Woodcrest" Xeon processors will provide us with quad-core systems today, albeit the cores are split up over multiple processors. Without further adieu, let's see what Intel's new architecture is capable of."

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06-26-06, 11:32 AM
Intel is taking over again, sever chips now and shortly the desktops with conroe.