The news has startled the rest of the world, which did not know that Intel was going to release an Ivy Bridge version of Ivy Bridge any time soon.
Dell's PowerEdge C5220 is one of the first servers with Xeon chips based on Ivy Bridge. The server is targeted at web 2.0, cloud and high-performance applications.
The server runs on Intel's Xeon E3-1200 V2 series processors, which are one up on the E3 chips based on Sandy Bridge.
An Intel spokesman said the new chips provide more performance-per-watt, and a server with E3-1200 V2 processors drawing 17 watts of power. This means that a 3U rack space can manage 53 percent more performance than a 20-watt Sandy Bridge Xeon.
The Xeon E3-1200 V2 chips draw between 17 watts and 45 watt of power, Dell said. The new Xeon E3-1200 V2 chips use the 22-nanometer process and include 3D transistors, which Intel tells us are faster and more power-efficient than 2D transistors found in 32-nm process chips.