Monday, June 04, 2012
AMD Releases New 16-core Server Opterons
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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
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
AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors:
AMD Opteron 6284 SE: 16-core 2.7 GHz, 140 watts TDP,
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.