Intel have introduced another new product family, the Xeon processor E3-1200 v4. This chip is aimed at data centres and servers that are heavy on graphics. This announcement came at today’s Computex 2015 event.
The internet as it is today is very graphical. Visual content is all around us and there will be no getting away from it. This demand is changing the workloads of data centres, with growing need to deliver video content and 3D applications to end devices.
This is where the new Xeon processor E3-1200 v4 comes into the picture. It has up to 1.8 times the overall graphics performance and 1.4 times more video trans-coding.
At the time of writing this, the E3-1200 v4 comes in 5 flavours, ranging from 1.8GHz to 3.5GHz. All of which are bases on 14 nm transistor technology of the Broadwell micro-architecture and performance optimised for graphics intensive workloads.
These new chips harness the power of Intel Iris Pro graphics P6300 which is also seen in many Broadwell based intel chips for laptops and it competes very well against Nvidia dedicated laptop GPU’s. The inclusion of this enables the better handling of graphical content and demand for remote workstation applications. Intel Graphics Virtualization Technologies (Intel GVT) enables dedicated or shared access to the Iris Pro.
No mention of price yet, but if they are reasonable I would bet there will be a few people investing for their home PC’s.