Intel expands Xeon cache

Intel has added more cache to its Xeon server processor, boosting performance of its primary chip for low-end servers.

Intel has added more cache to its Xeon server processor, boosting performance of its primary chip for low-end servers.

The 3.06GHz Xeon DP processor now comes with 1Mbyte of Level 3 cache. The rest of Intel's Xeon DP processors, including another 3.06GHz chip, have 512Kbytes of cache. The latest Xeon keeps the 533MHz front-side bus found on the other Xeon processors.

Increasing the amount of cache available to the processor means that chip can store larger amounts of frequently accessed instructions close to the central processing unit, rather than having to access that information from the computer's memory, which takes time.

The chip can be plugged directly into servers with the Intel E7501 chipset or workstations with the E7505 chipset. It costs $690 in quantities of 1,000 units.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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