Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

AMD Starts Shipping 12-core and 8-core ''Magny Cours'' Opteron Processors

AMD has started shipping its 8-core and 12-core "Magny Cours" Opteron processors for sockets G34 (2P-4P+), and C32 (1P-2P). The processors mark entry of several new technologies for AMD, such as a multi-chip module (MCM) approach towards increasing the processor's resources without having to complicate chip design any further than improving on those of the Shanghai and Istanbul. The new Opteron chips further make use of third-generation HyperTransport interconnect technologies for 6.4 GT/s interconnect speeds between the processor and host, and between processors on multi-socket configurations. It also embraces the Registered DDR3 memory technology. Each processor addresses memory over up to four independent (unganged) memory channels. Technologies such as HT Assist improve inter-silicon bandwidth on the MCMs. The processors further benefit from 12 MB of L3 caches on board, and 512 KB of dedicated L2 caches per processor core.

In the company's blog, the Director of Product Marketing for Server/Workstation products, John Fruehe, writes "Production began last month and our OEM partners have been receiving production parts this month." The new processors come in G34/C32 packages (1974-pin land-grid array). There are two product lines: the 1P/2P capable (cheaper) Opteron 4000 series, and 2P to 4P capable Opteron 6000 series. There are a total of 18 SKUs AMD has planned some of these are listed as followed, with OEM prices in EUR:

  • Opteron 6128 (8 cores) | 1.5 GHz | 12MB L3 cache | 115W TDP - 253.49 Euro
  • Opteron 6134 (8 cores) | 1.7 GHz | 12MB L3 cache | 115W TDP - 489 Euro
  • Opteron 6136 (8 cores) | 2.4 GHz | 12MB L3 cache | 115W TDP - 692 Euro
  • Opteron 6168 (12 cores) | 1.9 GHz | 12MB L3 cache | 115W TDP - 692 Euro
  • Opteron 6172 (12 cores) | 2.1 GHz | 12MB L3 cache | 115W TDP - 917 Euro
  • Opteron 6174 (12 cores) | 2.2 GHz | 12MB L3 cache | 115W TDP - 1,078 Euro
Sources: AMD Blogs, TechConnect Magazine
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125 Comments on AMD Starts Shipping 12-core and 8-core ''Magny Cours'' Opteron Processors

#1
pantherx12
Nice, can't wait for the desktop versions.
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#2
DanTheBanjoman
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Opteron 6128 (8 cores) | 1.5 GHz | 12MB L3 cache | 115W TDP - 253.49 Euro

Interesting prices, and the 4000 series should be cheaper? Gonna spend some time on google now :)
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#3
Thrackan
Pricing isn't that bad, can't wait to see how the 4000 series are priced!
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#4
btarunr
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Whoever paid like $5000 a piece on ebay for the Engineering Samples of these chips about a month ago, is so owned.
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#5
Easo
Actually cheap.
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#6
HolyCow02
Where the hell did this come from?!? They only released Istanbul a couple of months ago with 6 cores, and now they have doubled that? AMD FTW!! Sweet sweet desktop versions plllleeeeeaassseeeee
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#7
pantherx12
Gives people various options :D

AMD are intelligently playing the field very well recently.
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#8
[I.R.A]_FBi
best move amd has made in years apart from unlocking
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#9
mdm-adph
Well... damn. That was quick.

I've been saying for years that, AMD fan or no, when Intel released their first true-eight core 32nm chip, I'd go Intel, but I think now I'd rather stick with AMD and pick up one of those 12-core beauties when they make it to the desktop market.
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#10
blkhogan
by: btarunr
Whoever paid like $5000 a piece on ebay for the Engineering Samples of these chips about a month ago, is so owned.
Who was stupid enough to do that? :nutkick:
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#11
mdm-adph
by: blkhogan
Who was stupid enough to do that? :nutkick:
The same people who keep Intel in business.

They probably bought it just so they could keep it out of the hands of loyal AMD owners who would've used it to cure cancer or save puppies or something equally wonderful.
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#13
mstenholm
by: btarunr
Whoever paid like $5000 a piece on ebay for the Engineering Samples of these chips about a month ago, is so owned.
It was for a set of 4. Makes it an allmost OK price ;)
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#14
A Cheese Danish
This is what I like to see! Finally my dreams are coming true :)
Way to go AMD! I wonder how much the boards are going to cost for these things.
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#15
Fourstaff
Desktop versions in AM3 or new socket? I still can't see (above) average Joe using more than 4 cores, let alone 6
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#16
xaira
2.4ghz octocore with only 115watt tdp, phenom II X6 should be clocked higher than i thought, well done amd.

i doubt theyll release 12 or 8 core desktop processors in the near future, good to know they released 8and 12core cpus b4 intel, although an intel 8core might go head 2 head with an amd 12core, way to go amd on both the cpu and graphics front

AMD:nutkick:Intel

AMD:nutkick:Nvidia
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#17
r9
I`m just going to the thread and funny enough I have noticed that no one wondered how it would run Crysis :D:D:D:D:D. So I wonder :D. And I remember a time not so long ago AMD fanboys sayng "AMD would never charge 1000 eur for CPU". Yeah right.
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#18
xrealm20
awesome progress -- I'd love to see some benchmarks of these chips -- any chance TPU will do a review for us SysAdmins?
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#19
mdm-adph
by: r9
I`m just going to the thread and funny enough I have noticed that no one wondered how it would run Crysis :D:D:D:D:D. So I wonder :D. And I remember a time not so long ago AMD fanboys sayng "AMD would never charge 1000 eur for CPU". Yeah right.
These are server chips -- they've always cost north of $1000 for certain variations.
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#20
DaJMasta
Great..... but we're still stuck here with 4 on desktops.


Get on that AMD and Intel.
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#21
[Ion]
WCG Team Assistant
I'm not really convinced the lower-clocked (sub-2ghz) 8-cores are really all that good. A Phenom II X4 965 would probably be better than the 6128 and 6134
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#22
pantherx12
by: [Ion]
I'm not really convinced the lower-clocked (sub-2ghz) 8-cores are really all that good. A Phenom II X4 965 would probably be better than the 6128 and 6134
They're for servers not for desktop use, its completely different really :toast:
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#23
TIGR
by: Fourstaff
I still can't see (above) average Joe using more than 4 cores, let alone 6
Oh, but he will. Massively parallel computing is the future, and software that can take advantage of any number of cores will be ubiquitous eventually. Of course ... the future is also GPGPUs, but they will eventually be massively parallel as well.

They have to create the hardware first ... the software will follow.
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#24
pantherx12
Just imagine a time when 100 core CPUS are availble for desktop use, CPU core per individual program :p

have 10 of those cores higher clocked then the rest for handling games and heavy duty apps, rest for everything else.

Computer will never slow down ( theoretically)
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#25
Jizzler
If you only need 12 cores, but want that quad-channel bandwidth and/or capacity, single-socket G34.



RAWRR !! CORES!! OH!! !MEMORY !! BANANAS!1

Sorry, just bored waiting for formal releases from Supermicro, Tyan, and others. I mean this has been posted for 6 hours now, lets get some boards out there people! Especially with more PCIe sexiness :D

A little chipset info:

SR5650 :: 22 lanes : 13w
SR5670 :: 30 lanes : 17w
SR5690 :: 42 lanes : 18w

Just about everything else is common between them, except for PCIe Hot Plug.
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