Intel takes Xeon processors past 3GHz mark

Intel has released two new additions to its Xeon server processor range that take the brand past the 3GHz point for the first time

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By  Mark Sutton Published  March 23, 2003

Intel has pushed the clock speed of its Xeon server processors past the 3GHz mark. The latest Xeon iterations are the first server processors intended for dual processor servers and workstations to reach the 3GHz mark.

“Intel continues to raise the bar on system performance and manufacturing execution by delivering the first processors to exceed 3GHz for dual processor servers and workstations to system vendors worldwide,” said Richard Dracott, director of marketing for Intel’s Enterprise Platforms Group. “In 2003, we will continue to enhance the Intel Xeon processor family with industry leading performance and scalability.”

There are two new Xeon processors available, both with 512KB of level two cache—a 3.06GHz processor with 533MHz system bus, and a 3GHz processor with 400MHz system bus. List price is $722 and $658 respectively for 1,000 unit quantities.

The 3.06GHz model is compatible with the Intel E7501 and 7505 chipsets, while the 3GHz runs on the E7500 and 850 chipsets.
“The fact that we can now offer these processors both through the multinational companies and through our authorised distributors is helping to satisfy the huge growth in the demand for servers. The new Intel Xeon processor at 3GHz is simply the latest in a line of high quality products that are being supplied to the Middle East to enable industries and businesses to speed up their adoption of international business procedures,” said Gilbert Lacroix, general manager Intel Middle East and North Africa.

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