Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series

Intel® Xeon® Processor 5000 Sequence

Overview

Designed for industry-leading performance and maximum energy efficiency, the Intel® Xeon® processor 5000 sequence delivers versatile one-way and two-way 64-bit multi-core servers and workstations that are ideally suited for a wide range of infrastructure, cloud, high-density, and high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

The Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series offers up to nine times faster performance over single-core servers1.  It automatically places CPUs and memory into an optimal power state for maximum performance, while reducing energy use over single-core servers. Users can also mix different generations of Intel Xeon processors within the same pool, achieving a 9:1 server consolidation ratio, while reducing operating costs up to 90 percent, resulting in an estimated eight month ROI.2

The Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series automatically regulates power consumption and intelligently adjusts server performance according to application demand, maximizing both energy cost savings and performance. Based on new 32nm Intel® microarchitecture, the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series reduces energy cost over single-core servers by automatically shifting the CPU and memory into the lowest available power state, while intelligently adjusting performance to application needs.

In addition, built-in hardware-assisted virtualization technology gives you the power and flexibility to virtualize different generations of Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers within the same virtualization pool, giving you the ability to migrate workloads to fewer servers at night to save energy.

Product and Performance Information

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1. Source: Intel estimates as of November 2008. Performance comparison using SPECjbb2005 bops (business operations per second). Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

2. Intel estimates as of November 2008. Eight-month payback is an Intel estimate based on comparing the cost savings achieved in 9:1 server consolidation from both power/cooling and OS licensing versus the estimated cost of purchasing a new server featuring Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series. Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Performance comparison using SPECjbb2005 bops (business operations per second). Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.