Early this morning, Intel announced the launching of its new Itanium 9500 processors, which are to date the most powerful enterprise-based CPUs from Intel for data center computing. With the new chip containing 3.1 billion transistors, it is undoubtedly the most advanced and complex server-based CPU by Intel yet. With twice as many cores (eight instead of four), up to 54 MB of on-die memory cache, and up to 2TBs of low-voltage RAM to couple with this beast, it is sure to be a killer. Intel reports the Itanium 9500 being as much as 2.4 times faster than the older Tukwila-era design. The Itanium 9500 family is aimed to handle more demanding data heavy workloads such as business analytics, database, and enterprise resource planning applications. The new frequencies will range from 1.73GHz to 2.53GHz and TDP ranging from 130 to 170 watts. The Intel Itanium 9500 series is available now and is priced from $1,350 to $4,650 in quantities of 1,000 units.