Tag Archives: Intel

Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series Processors Released

Yesterday, Intel finally released the much anticipated Xeon E5-2600 family of processors, also known as Sandy Bridge-EP. This is a Tock release for Intel (which means a new microarchitecture) that still uses the same 32nm manufacturing process as the previous … Continue reading

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Tuesday Hardware Tidbits, Nov 29, 2011

Since Microsoft is moving to core-based licensing for SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition, with a minimum of four physical core licenses per physical socket, I have had a few questions about what is the “best” quad-core processor to choose for … Continue reading

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A SQL Server Hardware Nugget A Day – Day 14

Since 2006, Intel has adopted a Tick-Tock strategy for developing and releasing new processor models. Every two years, they introduce a new processor family, incorporating a new microarchitecture; this is the Tock release. One year after the Tock release, they … Continue reading

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A SQL Server Hardware Nugget A Day – Day 13

For Day 13 of this series, we will cover Intel Turbo Boost Technology. This is not like the the old Turbo button that was on many computers back in the 1980s-1990s. Instead, Turbo Boost Technology and the newer Turbo Boost … Continue reading

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A SQL Server Hardware Nugget A Day – Day 11

For Day 11, I want to talk about the new processor numbering system for Xeon processors that Intel introduced on April 5, 2011. This new system will only be used for the new processors that Intel released on April 5 … Continue reading

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A SQL Server Hardware Nugget A Day – Day 10

Wow, we are 1/3 of the way through this series! Today’s post is “Classic Intel Xeon Processor Numbering Explained”. By “classic”, I mean Intel Xeon processors produced from about 2006 until April 2011 (when Intel introduced a new processor numbering … Continue reading

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A SQL Server Hardware Nugget A Day – Day 8

For Day 8 of my SQL Server hardware series, I want to give my current recommended Intel Processor List for different sizes of database servers and different workload types. This list has a lot of changes because of all of … Continue reading

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