Dell intros quad-core servers, new AMD systems

— 11:31 AM on November 8, 2006

Intel's quad-core "Kentsfield" desktop chip has received a fair amount of media attention over the past few weeks, but Intel has also cooked up a server- and workstation-bound quad-core chip dubbed Clovertown. Today, Dell has announced that six of its servers have been updated to include quad-core Xeon "Clovertown" processors. Those servers include PowerEdge 1950 and 2950 rackmount systems, PowerEdge 1900 and 2900 towers, and PowerEdge SC1430 and 1955 blade servers. Surprisingly, Dell is only offering Xeon E5310 and E5320 processors, which run at 1.60GHz and 1.86GHz, respectively, and feature a 1066MHz front-side bus. In contrast, Intel's quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 is clocked at 2.66GHz, and dual-core Xeon 5100-series chips have a 1333MHz FSB.

Dell's adoption of new quad-core Xeons doesn't mean the PC maker is shunning AMD, though. Dell says its AMD Opteron-powered PowerEdge 6950 server is available today, and AMD processors have also found their way into new OptiPlex 740 business desktops. The OptiPlex 740 systems are available in either mid-tower or minitower form factors. They pack Athlon 64 X2 processors up to 5000+ or single-core Athlon 64s up to 3800+, and include integrated Nvidia Quadro NVS 210S graphics—the professional version of Nvidia's GeForce 6100 integrated graphics chipset.

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