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What is the Xeon 5100?

The Xeon 5100 is Intel’s (belated) response to AMD’s Opteron. This processor comes from the Woodcrest line and is based on the Core microarchitecture. This is a 64-bit x86 that features multiple cores (initially two), low voltage requirements (available at 40 watts), and virtualization technology. The new Xeon also handles up to 64 GB of memory with a transfer rate of 21 GB/s. It uses Intel’s new 65 nm fabrication as well. In sum, the Xeon 5100 is an exciting processor aimed at the server market.

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