The latest Intel Skylake based Xeon E3-1200 V5 and Xeon E3-1500 V5 processor family are now well into our production server line up with many customers already benefiting from the increased performance. The single socket focused workstation chips consist of 14 SKUs that are aimed towards the server, workstation and graphics focused server workloads.
With Skylake, Intel is transitioning from their Denlow Platform to the new Greenlow Platform which is based around the C230 Series chipset. The new platform offers key performance improvements while delivering better graphics capabilities and provides more features. The Xeon E3-1200 V5 processors can support up to 64 GB of DDR4 system ram compared to just 32 GB DDR3/L memory on the older Xeon E3-1200 V4 processors. The chips offer 20 Gen3 PCI-e lanes compared to just 8 Gen2 PCI-e lanes, total of 10 USB / 14 USB 2.0 ports compared to 6 USB 3.0 / 8 USB 2.0 ports and 8 SATA (6 GB/s) ports compared to just 6 SATA (6 GB/s) ports.
The 1S Greenlow Platform will feature three key Xeon product stacks, one of the stack will consist of chips that don’t feature any internal graphics core, one stack consists of chips with Intel iGPU graphics and a last stack with chips featuring Premium graphics such as Iris and Iris Pro with eDRAM. There’s Skylake Xeon 4+4e (Quad Core + GT4e), Skylake Xeon 4+2 (Quad Core +GT2) and Skylake Xeon 4+0 (GT0 *No Graphics). There are a total of five Xeon chips without graphics, three chips with regular GT2 graphics core, three low power chips and three data center graphics chips. All of the chips except the data center graphics SKUs are featured on the LGA socket while the data center graphics chips are BGA only.