Intel® 5000X Chipset
Product Brief
Intel® 5000X Chipset
Intel® 5000X Chipset
Delivering enhanced performance and visualization for
Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5000 series-based workstations
Introducing next-generation technology for business productivity
Intel’s new workstation chipset for the Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 50001 series enables
Intel® dual-processor (DP) balanced platforms that help businesses be more productive and
efficient. With the Intel® 5000X chipset, Intel® dual-core processor-based workstations
incorporate next-generation technologies for enhanced performance and visualization
critical to high-end, graphic-intensive DP computing.
The Intel 5000X chipset supports Fully Buffered
The Intel 5000X chipset consists of the following
DIMM (FB DIMM) memory technology at 533 and
667 MHz for faster application response and greater
• Intel® 5000X Memory Controller Hub (MCH)
memory capacity for data-intensive applications. Intel
developed the Intel 5000X chipset specifically for
Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5000 series-based
DP workstations, using new dual independent buses
at 1066 and 13332 MHz.
• Intel® 6321ESB I/O Controller Hub
• Intel® 6700PXH 64-bit PCI Hub
Dual independent buses at 1066 and 13332 MHz enable optimal performance
for Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5000 series, creating powerful
workstation platforms
The Intel 5000X memory controller hub provides dual independent buses at 1066 and 1333 MHz
to support two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors 5000 series for unprecedented performance in a
DP workstation platform. The two buses can deliver an aggregated throughput of as much as 17
GB/second at 1066 MHz and up to 21 GB/second at 1333 MHz. With an independent bus for each
processor, next-generation Intel workstation platforms can deliver higher throughput for intensive
computing workloads, compared to platforms based on the 64-bit Intel® Xeon® processor 3.60 GHz
and Intel® 7525 chipset.
With the Intel 5000X chipset and Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors, system designers are able to
offer new workstation platforms that enable businesses to speed up product development and
find faster solutions to complex visualization problems.
Intel® 5000X chipset overview
Supports two Dual-Core
Intel® Xeon® processors
•Optimized performance for faster time-to-solution
1066/13332 MHz dual
independent buses
•Increased platform system bus bandwidth delivers outstanding
PCI Express*3 (PCIe)
•Serial I/O technology provides a direct connection between the MCH and
PCI Express components/adapters with bandwidth up to 4 GB/second on
each PCI Express x8 interface. PCI Express offers higher bandwidth, lower
latency, and fewer I/O bottlenecks than PCI-X*
• Enhanced visualization with the PCI Express x16 graphics interface,
delivering twice the bandwidth of AGP 8X
FB DIMM 533/667 MHz
memory interface
•Offers a maximum memory bandwidth of up to 17 GB/second for
533 MHz and up to 21 GB/second for 667 MHz
•Increased DIMMs per system, providing enhanced memory scalability for
memory-intensive applications
Intel® 6700PXH 64-bit PCI hub
•Optional component for PCI/PCI-X connectivity, offering increased
platform flexibility
•Supports two independent 64-bit, 133 MHz PCI-X segments and two
hot-plug controllers (one per segment)
Advanced Platform RAS
• Features such as memory ECC and Intel® x4 and x8 Single Device Data
Correction4 (SDDC) for improved system reliability
• 32-bit CRC on PCIe
• Hot swap PCIe enhances serviceability
• SMBus port connects to Intel® 5000X MCH for remote management
Advanced technologies enhance
price/performance and flexibility
The Intel 5000X chipset supports a variety of new technologies
and configuration options, providing superior performance and
visualization that can help improve productivity.
Support for Intel Advanced Technologies
The Intel 5000X chipset integrates technologies to support
new dual-processor platforms that are more responsive and
manageable, including
• Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology5 (Intel® EM64T)
• Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Fully Buffered DIMMs
The Intel 5000X chipset supports next-generation Fully Buffered
DIMM (FB DIMM) technology, which significantly improves memory
throughput and increases capacity for a more responsive system.
FB DIMMs are ideal for high-end workstations where performance
is crucial to reach solutions faster and visualize content quickly.
Intel 5000X chipset platforms deliver up to 3X higher memory
bandwidth and up to 4X higher capacity over previous-generation
platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor 3.60 GHz and Intel
7525 chipset with DDR2-400 memory.
• Intel® I/O Acceleration Technology (Intel® I/OAT) — using
Intel® 6321ESB I/O controller hub and Intel I/OAT-supported
operating system and software
• Intel® Active Server Manager6 — using Intel 6321ESB I/O
controller hub and supporting software
• Intel® Active Matrix Storage Technology — using Intel 6321ESB
I/O controller hub
• Hyper-Threading Technology∆
Expanded I/O support with Intel® 6321ESB I/O
The memory interface for the Intel 5000X MCH supports four
controller hub
memory channels with four Fully Buffered DIMMs per channel,
The Intel 6321ESB I/O controller hub attaches directly to the
enabling a total system memory bandwidth of up to 17 GB/second
MCH through the ESI interface and a x8 or x4 PCIe link. The
on a 64 GB total capacity.
Intel 6321ESB integrates
PCI Express* (PCIe)
• Six independent Serial ATA (SATA) controllers, each capable
of up to 3.0 GB/second transfer rate.
The Intel 5000X chipset uses PCIe for high-speed communications
of up to 8 GB/sec for graphics and I/O support. A PCI Express*
x16 graphics interface supports as much as 8 GB/second bandwidth for communications with a variety of third-party graphics
• Software-driven RAID 0,1,5 technology for the most
demanding storage data transfers and storage security.
• Full Baseboard Management Controller (BMC).
adapters for high-speed, enhanced visualization. A variety of Intel
The new I/O controller hub also supports
and third-party I/O solutions communicate directly with the MCH
• Six USB 2.0 ports.
through a PCI Express x8 interface, which can be bifurcated into
two x4 interfaces for additional configuration flexibility. The
• Three PCIe x4 links.
bandwidth of the PCI Express x8 is up to 4 GB/second.
• PCI-X 64/133 bus segment.
• Intel® 82563EB Dual Port adapter and Intel® 82564EB
Single Port adapter.
The Intel 6700PXH 64-bit PCI hub can attach directly to the MCH
through a point-to-point PCIe x8 or x4 link for support of PCI and
PCI-X* interfaces on the platform. Each Intel 6700PXH 64-bit PCI
hub supports two bus segments that designers can independently
Intel® 5000X Memory
Controller Hub (MCH)
1432 Flip Chip-Ball Grid Array (FC-BGA)
Intel® 6700PXH 64-bit
PCI hub
567 Flip Chip-Ball Grid Array (FC-BGA)
Intel® 6321ESB I/O
Controller Hub
1284 Flip Chip-Ball Grid Array (FC-BGA)
configure to operate in PCI (33 MHz or 66 MHz) or PCI-X mode
(at 66, 100, or 133 MHz), for 32-bit or 64-bit PCI/PCI-X devices.
Each PCI/PCI-X interface integrates a PCI standard hot-plug
controller. The hub supports multiple PCI-X slots and frequencies
for the high bandwidth I/O connectivity required in today’s server
market segment.
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Intel processor numbers are not a measure of performance. Processor numbers differentiate features within each processor family, not
across different processor families. See for details.
1333 MHz available in 2nd half of 2006.
Reduced power-state L0s not supported
In a x8 DDR memory device, the Intel® x8 Single Device Data Correction (x8 SDDC) provides error detection and correction for 1 to 8 data
bits within a single device.
Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T) requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, OS, device drivers
and applications enabled for Intel EM64T. Processor will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel EM64T-enabled BIOS.
Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software configurations. Intel EM64T-enabled OS, BIOS, device drivers and
applications may not be available.
Intel® Active Server Manager requires the computer to have additional hardware and software, connection with a power source, and a
network connection. Check with your PC manufacturer for details.
Hyper-Threading Technology requires a computer system with an Intel® Xeon® processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology and an
HT Technology-enabled chipset, BIOS, and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you
use. See for more information, including details on which processors support HT Technology.
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