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In the middle of last year, when Intel produced pre-production parts for the next refresh of Xeon 5600-series, they also made several quite interesting Xeon samples. The most distinguishing feature of these chips was very high clock frequency. Even the slowest Xeon microprocessor from that group was clocked at 4 GHz, and the fastest one reached 4.66 GHz. One of these samples made into production, and started shipping earlier this year.

The processor was released as Xeon X5698, and, at 4.4 GHz, it's the fastest Intel production CPU ever.

Intel Xeon X5698 is built on Westemere microarchitecture, and, with a couple of notable differences, shares many features with other Xeon 5600 chips. One of the differences, extremely high core frequency, we already mentioned above. This model has only two active CPU cores, and we believe that 4 other cores on the die are disabled. The processor comes with 12 MB L3 cache, HyperThreading, and works in socket 1366 motherboards. Intel X5698 has OEM part number AT80614007314AA, and S-spec number SLC32. We suspect that this SKU will be shipped only in OEM systems.
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Good thing they are moving higher. He have been stuck @ 3.XGhz since 2002.
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the man in the picture automatically turns me off from ever getting one, even though i'd have no use for it in the first place lol
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This model has only two active CPU cores, and we believe that 4 other cores on the die are disabled.
what is the point then ??
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This model has only two active CPU cores, and we believe that 4 other cores on the die are disabled.
Why am I unimpressed?
    
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Impressive, even with only being a dual core.

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what is the point then ??
Not every one needs a server with 12 threads in a single cpu. Most boards are dual socket, so you will still have 8 threads. I think 8 threads @ 4.4 is more than most businesses will need.
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what is the point then ??


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Intel Xeon X5698: 4.4GHz clock and 130W TDP was achieved by disabling four cores, leaving 12MB of L3 cache for only two processing cores.
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i dont think ppl should try to overclock it or it might break from being too fast
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What are the odds those inactive cores could be enabled?
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What are the odds those inactive cores could be enabled?
None, dead cores are etched out of the circuit with Intel (AFAIK)
    
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