Wednesday, April 22nd 2009

AMD Adds Twelve New Opteron Processors

AMD has extended its 45 nm Opteron processor line-up with new energy-efficient chips fitting within a 40W power envelope, designed for very dense data center environments such as those built for cloud computing or web serving. Available immediately, the new Opteron EE chips include the 2.1 GHz Opteron 2373 EE with 6 MB L3 Cache and the 2.3 GHz Opteron 2377 EE with the same cache size. Since they are part of the Shanghai Opteron architecture, the new EE chips have the same features as all other Shanghai Opterons and are not cut-down versions.
AMD today also launches a total of ten other Opteron CPUs, that enrich the company's server HE (55W), standard (75W), and high-performance SE (105W) power bands. These are the 2.4 GHz Opteron 2379 HE ($450), the 2.4 GHz Opteron 8379 HE ($1165), the 2.5 GHz Opteron 2381 HE ($575), the 2.5 GHz Opteron 8381 HE ($1514), the standard 2.8 GHz Opteron 2387 ($873), the 2.8 GHz Opteron 8387 ($2149), the 2.9 GHz Opteron 2389 ($989), the 2.9 GHz Opteron 8389 ($2649), and the two Opteron SE 2393 and 8393 SE with 3.1 GHz clock speeds and $1165 and $2649 price tags respectively. All ten CPUs have 6 MB of L3 cache.

Rushing in a new era of power efficiency, AMD today introduced the 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron EE processor with AMD’s lowest x86 quad-core server power band. The new 40W ACP processor is designed for very dense data center environments such as those built for cloud computing, web serving, or other highly dense environments. It offers a full suite of virtualization and power management capabilities so customers do not have to compromise on feature sets in order to deploy very low power servers.

“Adding the 40 watt EE power band to the Quad-Core AMD Opteron line-up helps our customers achieve maximum value for their unique data center needs across the board,” said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server Workstation Business, AMD. “The EE processor is ideal for cloud computing environments, which demand both extreme energy efficiency and a balanced system that can handle high transactional demands.”

The Quad-Core AMD Opteron EE processor adds significant power efficiency improvements over the Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE processor within the same platform with a 13 percent reduction in platform-level power consumption1 and up to a 14 percent reduction in processor power at idle2. At the same performance level, the new EE processor delivers up to 62 percent improved performance-per-watt over the previous generation3.

[AMD Opteron processor Model 2377 EE (SPECpower_ssj2008 overall 1088 ssj_ops/watt, 342,240 ssj_ops at 192W @ 100% target load) compared to AMD Opteron processor Model 2381 HE (SPECpower_ssj2008 overall 1037 ssj_ops/watt, 359,007 ssj_ops at 220W @ 100% target load) and AMD Opteron processor Model 2377 EE (“Shanghai”) (SPECpower_ssj2008 overall 1129 ssj_ops/watt, 340,801 ssj_ops at 185W @ 100% target load) compared to AMD Opteron processor Model 2356 (“Barcelona”) ( SPECpower_ssj2008 overall 697 ssj_ops/watt, 301,617 ssj_ops at 278W @ 100% target load)]

AMD also announced new, high performing processors available in the HE, standard, and SE power bands, as well as support for HyperTransport 3 technology and a new fine-tuning feature called AMD Core Select, which enables IT managers to turn off one or more cores, helping them to fine tune their hardware for their specific operating conditions and workloads.

See additional information on today’s announcement in the press kit on the AMD at Work blog.
Source: AMD
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11 Comments on AMD Adds Twelve New Opteron Processors

#3
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Wonder how well those top end ones would clock.
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#4
Imsochobo
Most likely like any Phenom II AM3.

If the revision is changed, they would clock better, there might be a small increase in power effeciency, and everything if they havnt changed the stepping, currently on 940BE C2.

But the changes that gets done in same stepping/revision is very minor, you can start to see changes when a new revision comes out.

Suspecting 955BE to have a new one.
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#5
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Might be close to the PII 940, but remember it's clocked 100mhz greater and is rated 20W lower. The 940's do clock great, but AMD was touting real close to 4Ghz on air, and that is just really hard to make happen. I really think these would probably be able to do it though, we'll see in time I guess.
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#8
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
Sorry but i have a stupid question... Why is an Opteron proc so expencive?
And also whats the real difference between a $2000.00 Opteron, and a $190.00 PII precessor?
:o
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#9
eidairaman1
by: fullinfusion
Sorry but i have a stupid question... Why is an Opteron proc so expencive?
And also whats the real difference between a $2000.00 Opteron, and a $190.00 PII precessor?
:o
Ability to use Registered/ECC/FB Ram and Alot more of it, also the 8 series opteron is 8 Way processing, so its expected Server CPUs as of SKT F and then 771/15** to be Pricier.
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fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: eidairaman1
Ability to use Registered/ECC/FB Ram and Alot more of it, also the 8 series opteron is 8 Way processing, so its expected Server CPUs as of SKT F and then 771/15** to be Pricier.
Thanks Eidair.... But how would it game and encode video?
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#11
eidairaman1
well for one multiprocessor environments are not good for Gaming, they are good for loads of data processing, Workstations etc, these processors are purpose specified compared to desktop components. Even skulltrail falls short, it's just a glorified server platform.
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