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Intel® Intelligent Power Technology

Intel® Intelligent Power Technology

For exceptional energy efficiency

Available in servers built with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family and Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, and the 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.

Intel® Intelligent Power Technology

Dynamically scaling power consumption

Using integrated power gates, Intel Intelligent Power Technology reduces idling cores to near-zero power.2 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 technology reduces operating costs and can help meet environmental goals—all while allowing for more systems in a power-constrained data center.

Compared to first-generation Intel® quad-core processors, the Intel Xeon processor E5 family with Intel Intelligent Power Technology offers 70% more performance at the same power level as the previous generation.3

Maximizing efficiency with instrumentation

Just as a pilot reads instruments to monitor the functions of an aircraft, the Intel® Node Manager utilizes instrumentation available on the Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family, Intel Xeon processor E5 family, and Intel Xeon processor E7 family to monitor, report, and cap system power to make the most of every watt consumed. Used with management consoles enabled with Intel® Data Center Manager, Intel Node Manager 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 Node Manager can work within your organization, watch this brief animation.

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Product and Performance Information

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1. Intel internal measurements of 221W at idle with Supermicro* 2xE5450 (3.0GHz 80W) processors, 8x2GB 667MHz FBDIMMs, 1x700W PSU, 1x320GB SATA hard drive vs. 111W at idle with Supermicro software development platform with 2xE5540 (2.53GHz Nehalem 80W) processors, 6x2GB DDR3-1066 RDIMMs, 1x800W PSU, 1x150GB 10k SATA hard drive. Both systems were running Windows* 2008 with USB suspend select enabled and maximum power savings mode for PCIe* link state power management. Measurements as of February 2009.

2. Source: Intel, March 2009. Compares replacing nine four-year-old single-core Intel® Xeon® processor 3.8GHz with 2M cache-based servers with one new Intel Xeon processor X5570-based server. Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for information purposes only.

3. Performance comparison using SPECfp*_rate_base2006 benchmark result at the same TDP. Baseline score of 271 on previous-generation 2S Intel® Xeon® processor X5690 based on best publication to www.spec.org using Intel® Compiler 12.1 as of January 17, 2012. For details, please see: www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2012q1/cpu2006-20111219-19195.html. New score of 466 based on Intel internal measured estimates using an Intel platform, code named Canoe Pass, with two Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2680, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology enabled, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) enabled, 64 GB RAM, Intel® Compiler 12.1, THP disabled, Red Hat Enterprise Linux* Server 6.1.

4. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.  Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions.  Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary.  You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.