Fourth-generation Intel Core processors based on the 22nm Haswell architecture have been available for desktop and mobile systems for well over a year, while low-end servers got the Haswell-based Xeon E3 last September. Now it's the turn of the more powerful Xeon E5, with over 30 new Haswell-based implementations released at the beginning of September 2014. These chips promise significant performance improvements compared to their now-ageing Ivy Bridge predecessors.

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As usual, Intel dropped its easy-to-remember codename as soon as the new processors were released. So, out goes the catchy 'Haswell-EP' moniker previously assigned to ...

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