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Intel® Intelligent Power Technology

Intel® Intelligent Power Technology

Improving energy efficiency

Available in servers built with Intel® Xeon® processor E7 series, Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, and Intel® Xeon® processor E7 series, Intel® Intelligent Power Technology conserves power while delivering advanced power management capabilities at the rack, group, and data center levels. With the highest system-level performance per watt,1 this powerful technology enables businesses to boost IT performance while saving on energy costs and gaining headroom for growth.

Dynamically scaling power consumption

Using integrated power gates, Intel® Intelligent Power Technology individually reduces idling cores to near-zero power, cutting idle power consumption by up to 50% versus previous-generation two-socket server processors. These power gates can be controlled manually or through automated settings that adjust processors and memory to the lowest available power state to meet workload requirements without impacting performance. The estimated cost savings from minimized energy usage can pay for new servers in a matter of months.

Compared to first-generation Intel® quad-core processors, Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series with Intel® Intelligent Power Technology delivers the following improvements:

Intel® Intelligent Power Technology
  • 5 times improvement in power management capabilities
  • 5 times as many operating states
  • 5 times reduction in idle power
  • 5 times faster transitions to and from low-power states

Maximizing efficiency with instrumentation

Just as a pilot reads instruments to monitor the functions of an aircraft, the Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager utilizes instrumentation available on the Intel® Xeon® processor E3 series, Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, and Intel® Xeon® processor E7 series to monitor, report, and cap system power to make the most of every watt consumed. This system-level technology provides a foundation for rack, data center, and facility-level management while improving data center energy efficiency and resource flexibility.

For a visual overview of how the Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager can work within your organization, watch this brief animation.