November and December are not only month when you can buy servers for less. It is time when companies release new hardware. one of the is IBM. The world’s most popular computer maker announced five news server models. Each of them comes wth 2 processor sockets.
Servers are equiped, with dual-core Xeon 5100 “Woodcrest” processors. News.com reports that in the case of the IBM x3650 series, an integer-processing speed test yielded 64 percent better performance with the quad-core processors than with dual-core.
The company will be accepting orders for the quad-core server on November 14, but it will start shipping the servers in December. Another popular server maker, Dell has sold the first quad-core servers on November 8.
News.com reports that Intel’s Xeon 5300 consist of 2 Woodcrest processors in a single package. AMD puts all 4 cores on a single slice of silicon. The first AMD quad-core Opteron processors, named Barcelona, wwill not come out until the middle of 2007.
Intel has already announced “Bensley” dual-processor server platform. It combines various processors with an Intel chipset. Bensley server systems allow an upgrad with Clovertown chips. The use of high-end server processors however mean an increase of power consumption and waste heat compared with Woodcrest chips.
According to Intel, the upcomming dual-core and quad-core processors built with an upcoming 45-nanometer manufacturing process will also plug into Bensley platforms.