Intel debuts a new generation processors for dual-socket servers at the Intel Developer Forum 2013 today. As the name already suggests, the Xeon E5-2600 v2 series, codenamed Ivy Bridge-EP, is the successor of the E5-2600 series. The new generation has more cores, better performance, faster memory access, and new virtualisation features. We compare the 12-core top-of-the-line Xeon E5-2697 v2 and the energy-efficient Xeon E5-2650L v2 to the previous generation, Sandy Bridge-EP.
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