At Maximum Midrange, we’re quite certain that those of you who are familiar with HP Intel Itanium 64-bit microprocessors have at one point or another heard about HP Montvale and HP Montecito processors. If you have heard of them and don’t know much about them, if you are looking to source one, or if you know what they are and want to learn something new, keep reading as today we discuss what Montvale/Montecito CPU’s are, their history, why they are still important and where can they be purchased.

History of Montvale & Montecito Processors:

Montecito and Montvale processors are code names designated to different versions of the Intel Itanium 2 processor line that was marketed by HP between 2002 and early 2012 and mainly utilized in the HP Integrity Server line. The Montecito came first and was part of the Itanium 2 9000 series brought to market by HP in 2006. The Montecito was proceeded by the Madison and McKinley Itanium 2 models. The Montecito offered double the performance and a decrease in energy consumption compared to previous models. Features of the Montecito included a 90 nanometer process speed, the enablement of dual-core implementation and a marked improvement in performance per watt over previous models.

In 2006, HP replaced the Montecito with the updated Montvale CPU which was part of HP’s Itanium 2 9100 series family of processors. Improved performance and lower energy consumption was the name of the game for the Itanium Montvale. Major features introduced by the Montvale included core-level lockstep, demand-based switching and up to 667 MHz of front side bus frequency. The Montvale would be marketed by HP until 2010 when the long awaited and often delayed Itanium 9300, codenamed Tukwila, was finally released.

HP Montecito Processor Specifications:

  • Itanium 2 9000 Series
  • 90 nanometer process speed
  • Released in July 2006
  • 1.4 GHz/1.6 GHz clock speed
  • 256 kB level 2 cache, 1 MB core
  • 6-24 MB level 3 cache
  • 400/533 MHz bus
  • 2 cores
  • 104 watts

HP Montvale Processor Specifications:

  • Itanium 2 9100 series
  • 90 nanometer process speed
  • Released in February 2010
  • 1.33-1.73 GHz clock speed
  • 256 kB level 2 cache, 1 MB core
  • 8-24 MB level 3 cache
  • 400/667 MHz bus
  • 1-2 cores
  • 75-104 watts

Why the Montvale & Montecito Still Matter:

Plain and simple, Montvale and Montecito processors still matter because they are still being utilized in data centers around the world. These Itanium 2 processors were common enough that they were widely implemented in many different data storage applications, but have been replaced by updated versions and are now seeing dwindling manufacturer support. We have worked with clients who are expanding their data center server capabilities and they have turned to us because these processors can be difficult and expensive to source. If you are faced with sourcing a Montecito or Montvale processor, it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. We stock these processors and we can still get them for you at a price that is well below original list pricing. And we can ship them to you quickly with no lead time, which means that wasting valuable time waiting for your processor order to arrive is completely unnecessary.

Where to Buy an Itanium Montvale or Montecito:

Buying an Itanium Montvale or Montecito processor is actually quite easy. At Maximum Midrange, we stock a full inventory of HP CPU’s and we have a variety of Montvale and Montecito processor part numbers in stock and ready to ship. Choose from the AD365A, AD362A, AD368A, AB406A, AB451A, A9840A, AB584A and AB452A.  Do you have questions about HP Montecito and Montvale processors? Call 855-932-6627 or Contact the HP sales team at Maximum Midrange. We are HP enterprise hardware experts and we can provide you with high quality Montvale/Montecito replacements or answer any questions you might have about these HP Itanium 2 processors.

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