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Monday, June 04, 2012
AMD Releases New 16-core Server Opterons

AMD on Monday added new 16-core Opteron server chips based on the Bulldozer microarchitecture to its server chip limeup.

The new 16-core Opteron 6284SE chip will come with a clock speed of up to 2.7GHz, which is faster than the prior 6200 series that maxed out at 2.6GHz. WHile it is fater, it draws the same amount of power (140 watts) than comparable Opteron 6200 series chips.

The company also introduced the 16-core Opteron 6284 chip, which has a clock speed of 2.4GHz.

Hewlett-Packard is useign AMD's new processors in the ProLiant BL465c Gen8 blade server, which will offer more than 2,000 processor cores per rack. HP will also release the ProLiant DL385p rack server with the new chips. In addition, Dell will refresh its PowerEdge servers with the new chips, according to AMD.

AMD's new chips do not support the latest PCI Express protocol yet while rival Intel's Xeon E5 server chips do.

The Opteron 6284SE draws 140 watts of power and is priced at $1,265 for 1,000 units. The Opteron 6278 draws 115 watts of power and is priced at $989.

AMD also announced Opteron 4200 series chips with up to eight cores for tasks such as those involved in cloud computing. The chips operate at speeds of up to 3.4GHz and are priced from $316 to $455.

AMD's five new processors annoucned today are the following:

AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors:

AMD Opteron 6284 SE: 16-core 2.7 GHz, 140 watts TDP, $1,265

AMD Opteron 6278: 16-core 2.4 GHz, 115 watts TDP, $989

AMD Opteron 4200 Series processors:
AMD Opteron 4276 HE: 8-core 2.6 GHz, 65 watts TDP, $455
AMD Opteron 4240: 6-core 3.4 GHz, 95 watts TDP, $316
AMD Opteron 4230: 6-core 2.9 GHz, 65 watts TDP, $377

AMD at Computex

AMD will also offer system demonstrations of the second generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processor Unit (APU) and the newest AMD E-Series APUs at Compuetx this week.

Introduced in mid-May for notebooks and coming to store shelves in desktop systems starting this week, the second generation AMD A-Series APU feature the AMD HD Media Accelerator, with a set of technologies designed to optimize video quality available with premium and Internet video content, and accelerate video file conversion. The APUs also offer an increase in CPU performance of up to 29 percent with higher processor speeds thanks to the company's latest multi-core x86 architecture, with third generation AMD Turbo Core technology where power is dynamically shifted between the CPU and GPU depending on application needs.

Built-in graphics are the new Radeon HD 7000 Series, for an increase of graphics performance up to 56 percent over the previous generation. AMD Radeon dual graphics support also delivers a performance boost of up to 75 percent when adding a discrete graphics card to the APU.

Desktop systems are available today from Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo, including unique All-in-One (AIO) PCs.

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