The boutique system builders at AVADirect tell us they've updated their professional server and workstation systems to now include Intel Xeon E5 processor options. Intel's E5 Xeon chips are based on the chip maker's Sandy Bridge-E architecture and come in quad-core, six-core, and eight-core flavors starting with the E5 2603 (four cores, 1.8GHz, 10MB cache, 80W TDP) on up to the E5 2690 (eight cores, 2.9GHz, 20MB cache, 135W TDP).
AVADirect offers the latest E5 Xeon processors in four different configuration types, including 1U, 2U, and 4U/Pedestal servers manufactured by Supermicro, and various workstations, culminating in AVADirect's E5 Xeon Supercomputer, a powerhouse system that starts at $4,759.73 and includes a Lian Li Armorsuit PC-80 tower case, Asus Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard, a pair of Intel Xeon E5 2603 processors, Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 CPU coolers, 8GB of Crucial DDR3-1333 memory, PNY Quadro 600 graphics card, Nvidia Tesla C2075 compaion processor, 1TB Seagate hard drive, Sony 24X DVD burner, and a Silverton Strider ST1200 power supply. Upgrade options abound depending on how deep your budget allows. For an additional $14,718, for example, you can upgrade the RAM to 256GB.
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