AMD unveils new Opteron chips
Six-core processors out
By Ian Williams
Monday, 13 July 2009, 13:19
CHIP MAKER AMD has announced five new six-core additions to its Opteron processor family that it says are even more power efficient that their predecessors.
The first three 55W ACP Opteron HE CPUs - the 2GHz 2423 HE, 2.1GHz 2425 HE and 2.1GHz 8425 HE - are aimed at cloud computing and webserver environments. Using AMD's Direct Connect architecture, they promise power savings of up to 18 per cent over the standard wattage versions.
"Since our initial introduction of multi-core processors for the server market, it's been the AMD mission to help IT managers reduce datacentre energy costs without compromising performance," said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager of AMD's Server Business.
"These new lower power Six-Core AMD Opteron processors feature the highest performance-per-watt that we have brought to market, and help drive down power consumption while addressing the shifting cloud and Web landscape of today's datacentre."
The remaining two Opteron SE processors - the 2.8GHz SE 8439 and 2.8GHz SE 2439 - are designed for high performance and mission-critical workloads such as database and CRM applications. Both are rated at 105W, nearly double their HE counterparts.
The HE processors are shipping from today in HP ProLiant G6 systems and will be available from other OEMs, including IBM and Dell, over the course of this quarter with even more power efficient processors due out later this year. µ