Intel has always had a fondness for making Xeon processor model numbers a little hard to interpret, something they have now shared with the average user with the Core series of desktop CPUs.  With Sandy Bridge around the corner it is time for them to rename everything once again and SemiAccurate has the list of the server parts.  Many will be unsurprised to see three family lines, the E3, the E5 and the E7 but it is the four numbers or more after the dash that really tell you about the processor.  The first digit indicates how many CPUs it will be able to work in tandem with on a multi-socket motherboard, the next is an indication of the socket type it is compatible with, of which there will be four.  Drop SemiAccurate to find out what the other numbers indicate.

“WE FIGURED SOME of you might be interested in knowing what Intel has planned for its next generation of Sandy Bridge Xeon processors when it comes to the model numbers and we’re afraid we have bad news; it’s gotten even more complex. If you read our piece detailing some of Intel’s new Xeon processors based on Sandy Bridge, then you’ll know that Intel has changed its numbering scheme once again and the Xeon’s now start their model name with an E and then it gets trickier from there on in.”

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