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Intel Corp. is projected to release its highly-anticipated eight-core Intel Xeon microprocessors for dual-socket servers in March, 2012. The new chips will be based on Sandy Bridge-EP design with all cores activated and will be very competitive on both server as well as ultra high-end workstation markets.

Intel Xeon E5 “Sandy Bridge-EP” microprocessors with up to eight SNB-class x86 cores, quad-channel memory controller, up to 20MB of cache and other advantages, will be formally launched at CeBIT 2012 trade-show, on the 6th of March, 2012, according to unofficial information from VR-Zone web-site.

The Xeon E5 microprocessors will belong to next-generation dual-socket platform code-named Romley, which is essentially Intel X79 with support for two microprocessors, Serial Attached SCSI and other server/workstation specific capabilities. The Romley platform was delayed a number of times and is seriously anticipated by Intel's customers since it brings major performance increases both because of micro-architectural advantages of Sandyb Bridge over previous-generation chips as well as because of increased core-count.

Since mechanically Intel Xeon E5 is compatible with LGA2011, it remains to be seen whether they will be compatible with desktop-class motherboards. Such compatibility would allow enthusiasts to install eight-core Intel microprocessors into desktops; presently Intel only offers six-core chips for high-end desktops. Some manufacturers of enthusiast-class motherboards, namely Asustek Computer and EVGA, plan to introduce platforms for Xeon E5 designed for enthusiasts.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge-EP, Xeon, 32nm, Romley

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The Xeon E5s should work in consumer LGA 2011 motherboards, if unofficially. Here is a CPU-Z validation of a B0 stepping engineering sample running in an Asus P9X79 Pro.

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2202240
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An 8 core LGA2011 with an unlocked multiplier? I would buy it.
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Thank you - that will be 1500 dollars haha
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