Intel’s new Haswell-based Xeon E5 v3 processor boasts up to 18 cores in a single CPU

Published 08 September 2014

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: rendering, cpu, xeon, haswell

Dual CPU workstations can now have a whopping 36 cores and 72 threads

Intel has launched its next generation Xeon chip, the Haswell-based Xeon E5 v3 series.

Dell, HP, Lenovo and a number of specialist workstation manufacturers have all announced machines based on the new Intel chip architecture, which promises a jump in performance, support for DDR4 memory, and up to 18 cores in a single CPU - 50 per cent more cores than you got with the Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 v2 Series.

Dual CPU workstations can now have a whopping 36 cores and 72 threads, an attractive proposition for users of multi-threaded ray trace renderers like Luxion KeyShot, V-Ray and mental ray in apps such as 3ds Max.

Having this many cores in a single CPU does reduce clock speed though with the 18 core Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 only running at 2.3 GHz.

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