Monday, July 13th 2009

AMD Adds New Six-Core AMD Opteron HE Processors

AMD today announced the immediate availability of three new members of the Six-Core AMD Opteron processor family that specifically address rising demand for balanced systems with increased performance yet greater power-efficiency for cloud computing and web serving environments.


  • The 55W ACP Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processors are currently shipping for 2-, 4- and 8-P systems and available today in new systems from HP, addressing the needs of dynamic, performance hungry and power constrained data centers. Systems from additional OEMs are expected to come to market throughout Q309.
  • These new processors meet the market demand for highly scalable, power-efficient systems that are especially well suited for Web serving and cloud computing workloads and they are available with the same AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology and AMD-P technology features and advanced I/O capabilities as the standard power Six-Core AMD Opteron processors.
  • The new Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processor offers up to 18 percent lower platform-level power consumption over the standard wattage version. (AMD Opteron processor Model 2425 [SPECpower_ssj 2008 1228 overall ssj_ops/watt, 419,277 ssj_ops, & 221W @ 100% target load] compared to AMD Opteron processor Model 2435 [SPECpower_ssj 2008 1228 overall ssj_ops/watt, 487,764 ssj_ops & 270W @ 100% target load]).
  • It also delivers up to 18 percent better performance-per-watt compared to the quad-core version. (Six-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2425 HE [SPECpower_ssj 2008 1228 overall ssj_ops/watt, 419,277 ssj_ops, & 221W @ 100% target load] compared to Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2376 HE [SPECpower_ssj 2008 1044 overall ssj_ops/watt, 346,326 ssj_ops & 210W @ 100% target load]).
  • Processors with even greater energy efficiency are planned to be available later this year for the market segment where low power is the singular priority requirement.
  • For customers that require the ultimate performance for mission critical workloads such as database and CRM applications, AMD is also unveiling two new, full-featured Six-Core AMD Opteron SE processors at 2.8 GHz for 2-, 4- and 8-P systems.
"Since our initial introduction of multi-core processors for the server market, it's been the AMD mission to help IT managers reduce datacenter energy costs without compromising performance," said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server Business, AMD. "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 datacenter. And with six cores of compute power and Direct Connect Architecture, these processors deliver no-compromise performance."
"Customers are using HP ProLiant G6 server solutions, which offer up to 45% better performance than previous generations, enabling customers to get more value out of their IT dollar," said Jim Ganthier, vice president of Marketing, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "The combination of HP ProLiant G6 server technology and Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processors provide customers with powerful and energy-efficient technology for a superior return on their server investment."

"IBM is all about innovation; and since 2003, we have worked closely with AMD to innovate with AMD Opteron processors in our System x and BladeCenter offerings," said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "IBM has collaborated with AMD to offer the LS42, the only scalable blade server in the industry that can grow from 2 sockets to 4 sockets, protecting client investment. We will also introduce the new Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processor in our System x3755 server, including our innovative 3-socket implementation that helps clients to save cost and get competitive performance compared to 4-socket servers."Source: AMD
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60 Comments on AMD Adds New Six-Core AMD Opteron HE Processors

#1
ShadowFold
Consumer versions to soon follow?.....
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#3
denice25
wow... thanks for the share mate! that's good to know!
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#4
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Very nice, was wondering when these would land.
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#5
EarlZ
Im wondering if the 6 core version can come close to the performance of an i7
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#6
AltecV1
why arent there any desktop 6 core cpus:confused:only this server junk:shadedshu
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#7
Zubasa
by: AltecV1
why arent there any desktop 6 core cpus:confused:only this server junk:shadedshu
Given the amount of applications that aren't multi-threaded :slap:
and usually server applications benefit very well form more cores.
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#8
hat
Maximum Overclocker
Yep, desktop benefits are severely cut down after dual core and screch to a halt past quad core :/
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#9
AltecV1
yet you two are running quads:nutkick:
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#10
hat
Maximum Overclocker
No... I have a single core (and the 7750BE I have coming is a dual)
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#11
qwerty_lesh
Well, they need something to compete with when Golftown (sp?) hits. Nice to see AMD releasing these :)
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#13
devguy
My bet is that these will be available for desktop systems- sort of. I see them releasing the Hex-core AMD Opteron processor for single socket systems not too long from now. That means that hopefully with a BIOS update, an AM3 or AM2+ board will be able to house one of these Opterons.

Whether they'll release a Phenom II x6 is beyond me.
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#14
mdm-adph
by: EarlZ
Im wondering if the 6 core version can come close to the performance of an i7
Not performance, but in "total work done"/watt, I've seen in some reviews that these 6-core AMD's are very comparable to the i7 version Xeons -- ie, they're not as fast, but they can get more work done per chip. Wish I could find that review. :P
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#15
hat
Maximum Overclocker
^^you mean per watt?
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#16
TheMailMan78
Big Member
MUST............HAVE..............FX...............VERSION! (collapses)
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#17
$ReaPeR$
very good news from AMD.but i dont know if these could benefit a usual pc user..
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#18
steelkane
someone please come out with a 4ghz processor, stop using cores as a scape goat, & bring me some raw power
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#19
Jizzler
Cools.

It'll gain attractiveness once AMD releases their new line of chipsets (barring some disastrous flaw).

The long life of the nVidia chipsets for Opterons has been great for server farms and the like, with most CPU upgrades only requiring a BIOS update. But now they need to catch up and offer current gen features to compete with the i7/i9 platform.
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#20
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
55w? :twitch:

Must have a pretty conservative clockspeed.
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#21
EarlZ
by: steelkane
someone please come out with a 4ghz processor, stop using cores as a scape goat, & bring me some raw power
I agree, both amd and intel should step back and produce something like a 4-5.0Ghz dualcore, that will be faster than any 6core on the market.
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#22
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
But it won't be. In order to get high clockspeeds, you have to cut back on the amount of work you can accomplish per clock (alternatively, increase that wattage figure). Instead of aimming for simple, fast processors, they are going for complex, slow processors; different means to the same end.

IBM has released 5 GHz POWER6 processors but they are 165w TDP, are water-cooled, and very expensive.
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#23
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I Would hope they have desktop version coming in the next few months. That would be awesome.
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#24
TheMailMan78
Big Member
AMD better make an FX version of this 6 core or Ill go Intel/Nvidia. I SWEAR IT! AMD has been half stepping far to long. I wanna see an FX chip and I wanna see it NOW.
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#25
mdm-adph
by: steelkane
someone please come out with a 4ghz processor, stop using cores as a scape goat, & bring me some raw power
Yeah... steelkane, welcome to the massively-multi-cored future.

Massively-multi-cored future, I see steelkane has never met you before.

In a few years, you'll be seeing 16-core chips. Super-high clock speeds are soon to be a thing of the past.
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