Intel's new ASPs: Priceless

— 1:00 AM on May 23, 2000

Intel has introduced a revised version of the instrument by which corporations buying servers are gouged egregiously with some regularity: the new, Coppermine-based Xeons. These puppies should help drive up Intel's average selling prices (or ASPs). Ready to run in 4- and 8-way SMP configurations, the new Xeons incorporate 1 or 2MB of L2 cache on-die. I'm sure for the right customer and the right application, these things make sense. Heck, they're probably pretty cheap next to their RISC competition.

But they're still Pentiums.

I'm a little puzzled by the fact they don't include 133MHz bus support—especially since the GTL+ bus is shared instead of point-to-point. Bottleneck, anyone?

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