Intel is getting ready to release the next generation of its Xeon E5 chips for servers and workstations, and one firm that has systems just waiting for the word go is Boston Limited, which invited V3 to its UK site near London for a sneak peek.
The upcoming chips, which supersede the current Xeon E5-2600 family, have yet to be officially unveiled, so we cannot give away too much about them right now. However, Intel is making the usual claims regarding increased performance and lower power consumption, among other improvements the chips will introduce.
Boston's initial lineup will include a pair of workstations, plus a rack-mount server.
The two workstations are based on the same two-socket motherboard, but the Boston Venom 2401-7T (above) will ship in a larger chassis that supports a liquid cooling system for the processors, which can be seen in the picture, plus Nvidia's Maximus technology, which combines both Quadro and Tesla GPU cards in a single system.
The Boston Venom 2306-7T (below) ships in a more conventional tower chassis, but still features an advanced thermal design for quieter operation, according to the firm.
Both can be configured with up to 512GB of 1866MHz DDR3 memory, with the larger chassis capable of holding up to seven 3.5in and four 2.5in drives, while the smaller one has just four 3.5in drive bays.
Meanwhile, the Boston VS 362 G8 (above) is a rack-mount 1U height two-socket server aimed at web hosting and database applications. It also supports up to 512MB 1866MHz DDR3 memory and four hot-swap 3.5in drive bays for either SAS or Sata drives.
Finally, Boston is also readying a small form factor workstation (below) based on Intel's recently introduced Haswell 4th generation Core processor chips.
With just a single CPU socket, this Venom system is targeting the entry-level workstation market, but still has enough room in its compact desktop chassis for a full-sized Nvidia Quadro K4000 professional graphics card, as can be seen in the picture.
Check back with V3 for more details on these systems in the near future, when we will have reviews of some of the systems shown.
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