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Remember the peak of the megapixel war, where every single camera manufacturer was popping out a new point-and-shoot model with a slightly higher MP rating? It feels like we may be entering a similar leapfrog battle in the silicon world, as the race to produce chips with "more cores than the other guys" hits full stride. Though more cores generally make a meaningful difference in performance in multi-threaded workloads, more pixels don't always result in higher quality imaging if optics aren't up to par. At any rate, a new report suggests that Intel's latest project internally involves a massively packed 15-core Ivytown chip.

The high-end processor will ship first to customers in the enterprise market, with high end servers and the like apt to be first in line for the new platform. Ivytown will be based on Intel's Ivy Bridge-E architecture, and it will assume the top position in Intel's CPU stack over their existing top-end chip, the 12-core Xeon E5 v2. The new 15-core chip will probably head towards 4 to 8-socket servers which generally are only found in high performance mission critical-type applications. But, of course, these types of things can eventually trickle down to consumer products in due time.

AMD, as you may know, already as 16 cores in its newest Opteron 6300 chips. The new Ivytown processors will be built using Intel's 22 nanometer process technology, and will slot into the Xeon E7 v2 server lineup. Naturally, pricing details aren't yet available, but they'll no doubt make a serious dent in the corporate card.


it ll b like buying a Ferrari ..only few ppl can


"high end servers" not few people can, few people shall.


We need them for our gaming pc,s


Does anyone know why the odd number of cores? Will 1 be a managing CPU? because did yield might be higher per wafer?

Joel H

This implies that the 12-core IVB chips Intel launched earlier this year were either partially disabled or that they've got a ful 16-core version. Both are a bit puzzling. Normally they'd never distribute 3 cores out of 15. But building a 16-core variant of IVB-E? Also odd.

Presumably yes, these are 16-core chips with one core disabled, but that doesn't have to be the case.


Imagine using that for a desktop processer...It would be crazy for it. especially the motherboards that use 4 sockets for the cpu on it... Imagine gaming with 60 cores.


Yes but the real question most people will ask is can I run Minecraft/crysis/the Sims on it?