Intel has produced the first quad-core processor known as the Quad-Core IntelÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® XeonÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® Processor 5300 series. This processor multiplies your performance, energy-efficiency, and reliability. In addition, the quad-core processors helps to decrease the total cost of ownership of a server “with lower power consumption, increased uptime, and a reduced footprint without sacrificing the record-breaking performance you expect from Intel”, according to Intel. What next? Penta-core processors? At the rate Intel is going anything is possible.
Intel claims that persons who use the Quad-Core IntelÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® XeonÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® Processor 5300 series will “experience up to 50 percent greater performance than industry-leading Dual-Core Xeon processor in the same power envelope and up to 150 percent greater performance than the competition with Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5300 series. Translating into greater performance with less cooling challenges, these servers enable you to run more applications with a smaller footprint, giving you revolutionary ways to achieve more with less.” This amazes me because the norm is that the faster the processor is the more cooling it would need. My computer uses a 1.7 GHz AMD processor and I have to open the case at times to keep it cool! Maybe I need to get a motherboard that can take the quad-core cpu and upgrade my PC.
Intel has made processors over the years that have been quite efficient and are being used in thousands of computers all over the world. Their technology was the one that I was exposed to at the start and I am still impressed with them, though my present cpu is not Intel-based. Nonetheless, Intel’s growing hold on the processor market is underlined by the fact that they are innovative with their creations and always seem to introduce products that people will want. Not only that, the higher the technology is the better the cooling ability.
Lastly, here is what Intel has to say about itself, which is true: “Intel has revolutionized the general-purpose server, providing the performance you need to transform your data center from a support mechanism into an engine of success.” Gotta build me a quad-core server soon.