Intel Xeon E3 – The V2 Ivy Bridge Edition Lineup for 2012

Posted May 7, 2012 by Patrick Kennedy in Servers

Intel recently launched its Ivy Bridge line of consumer CPUs. As we have seen for the past few generations, Intel generally takes its desktop CPUs, adds ECC support and ensures that all features such as VT-d are enabled, and then launches its Xeon shortly after the desktop part launch. The UP Intel Xeon E3 series, a marketing moniker launched last year with Intel’s Sandy Bridge Xeon E3-1200 series CPUs, is getting a V2 treatment with Ivy Bridge’s launch. For those that are familiar with the desktop Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge CPUs, the Xeon variants will look very familiar. Intel has made some microcode improvements with this generation, but the big difference is the introduction of the tri-gate 22nm lithography in the Xeon line which we have already seen provides clock-for-clock better power consumption figures versus Sandy Bridge. Here is a quick shot of the overall lineup for the Ivy Bridge Intel Xeon E3 series.

Intel Xeon E3-1200 V2 Series Lineup 2012 - Ivy Bridge Edition

Intel Xeon E3-1200 V2 Series Lineup 2012 – Ivy Bridge Edition

As one can quickly tell, the UP Xeon TDP is taking a very nice step downward. Frankly, I was surprised that the TDP remained as high as it did for the ‘0’ parts where there is no GPU onboard. From a CPU core speed perspective, the performance was not a significant increase over Sandy Bridge, but Ivy Bridge did see a significant jump in GPU performance. With the die shrink, Intel was able to dedicated more die space to the GPU. As a result, I expected to see the GPU disabled ‘0’ variants of the Xeon E3-1200 series show lower TDP’s than they do. For reference, here is the 2011 Sandy Bridge Xeon E3-1200 series lineup:

2011 Xeon E3 1200 Series Lineup

2011 Xeon E3 1200 Series Lineup

As one can see, Intel is essentially adding one 100MHz speed step to both the base and turbo frequencies while at the same time lowering the TDP. One can also see that Intel appears to have done away with the Intel Xeon E3-1235 and added the Xeon E3-1290 V2 at the top end. In the previous generation, pricing between the different part numbers prior to the E3-1280 was fairly close, so the Xeon E3-1270 and Xeon E3-1230 were both very popular chips. I will probably do the same thing I did last year and benchmark each of these CPUs when they launch shortly. Stay tuned!

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Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.


    John W

    Eagerly awaiting these.


    Any word on when these will be available?

    Tommy Wins

    Clearly he ain’t gonna say when but I hear soon enough.


    usually the motherboard comes out a couple of weeks before the chip since their aren’t any z77 server boards. I’m guessing realistically at least a month away.

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