New Intel Atom Processors

There is not a whole lot that gets me excited about servers (actually I'm always excited about servers), but late last year Intel released a new breed of Atom processors, code name Rangeley and Avoton, and aimed at the micro-server and embedded markets. The Atom processor is a good low power option that is useful for single process servers. That is servers that are not trying to do everything plus the kitchen sink. However, this new Atom processor is an 8 core beast that can hold it's own compared to higher end servers while maintaining a low power distinction. The chip's total power consumption is a measly 20 watts at full load. The chip runs at 2.4Ghz and can support a total of 64Gb or RAM. This chip looks like a great option for a Virtual Machine server or even a good all around server option. Also, because it is so energy efficient, it can be run without a fan, so this would be an ideal processor to use in a home media server etc...

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