Intel intros Xeon with 4MB L3 cache

If the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition isn't extreme enough for you, you'll be pleased to learn of Intel's new Xeon MP processor, just announced today. This beast comes with 4MB of L3 cache on board, and the 3GHz model lists for the low, low price of $3,692. Intel is claiming performance boosts of up to 25% for this new Xeon, but those numbers will no doubt varely widely depending on the application.

The press release announcing the product makes no mention of whether this chip is a Prescott core, is built on a 90nm fab process, or includes SSE3 support. However, I supsect all three things are true. Intel does say this chip is "drop-in compatible with existing systems," however. We'll see if we can find out more.

Update: We are hearing multiple reports this chip is still a Northwood-derived 130nm design with more square acreage than the Louisiana Purchase. Seems to have a 400MHz front-side bus still, too.

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