Monday, March 29th 2010

AMD Sets the New Standard for Price, Performance, and Power for the Datacenter

AMD announces availability of a new server platform featuring the world’s first 8- and 12-core x86 processor for the high-volume 2P and value 4P server market. The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform addresses the unmistakable needs of server customers today - workload-specific performance, power efficiency, and overall value - while delivering more cores and more memory for less money. Leading OEMs including HP, Dell, Acer Group, Cray, and SGI are introducing new systems based on this highly scalable and reliable platform.

“As AMD has done before, we are again redefining the server market based on current customer requirements,” said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Divisions, AMD. “The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform signals a new era of server value, significantly disrupts today’s server economics and provides the performance-per-watt, value and consistency customers demand for their real-world data center workloads.”
The new AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform features include:
  • The industry’s only 8- and 12-core server processors performing at up to two times the level of AMD’s previous generation 6-core processors, including an 88 percent increase in integer performance4 and a 119 percent increase in floating point performance.
  • Enhanced integrated memory controller supporting four channels of DDR3 memory for up to a 2.5x improvement in overall memory bandwidth.
  • Thirty-three percent more memory channels per processor than competitive 2P solutions.
  • 50% higher DIMM capacity compared to previous generations, with up to 12 per processor, increasing the available memory overall and improving virtualization, database and HPC applications.
  • AMD 5600 Series chipset with I/O virtualization capability, HyperTransport 3.0 technology and PCI Express 2.0.
  • Removal of the “4P tax”, since the same processors can be used in both 2P and 4P designs, and 4P-capable processors are now the same price as 2P-capable processors, bringing greatly improved value to the 4P space.
  • Unprecedented price/performance. In a comparison between a best-performing 2P competitive platform versus a similar best-performing 4P AMD-based platform, customers can recognize up to double the performance and more than 10% lower total processor price.7
  • Significant new power management features including a C1E power state to conserve energy when idle, the Advanced Platform Management Link allowing APML-enabled platforms to be remotely monitored for power and cooling, and AMD CoolSpeed technology, which automatically reduces p-states if a specified temperature limit is exceeded.
  • A wide range of power and performance options with no compromise on the available feature sets.
  • A legacy of consistency and stability. The new AMD Opteron platform is chipset- and socket- compatible between 2P and 4P and will be compatible with the planned processors based on the next-generation AMD server processor core, code-named “Bulldozer”.
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34 Comments on AMD Sets the New Standard for Price, Performance, and Power for the Datacenter

a_ump said:
i wonder if AMD plans to move over to that socket for desktops? if so...i see aftermarket cooler manufacturers having a lil more difficulty making their product intel and amd compatible. That socket is so...rectangular lol
It'll happen in a year's time. And yes, I also wondered what type of aftermarket cooling solutions manufacturers are going to come up with. They'll probably just make a larger base.
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heatsink like Ultra 120 already have pretty big and wide base. i bet they will work just fine with it
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Velvet Wafer
that suprisingly looks like a socket 939 mount:laugh: maybe you have to dig up your old coolers,eh?:p
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pr0n Inspector
a111087 said:
8 core for 266??? lol, i bet you will not see that from Intel
8 über fast 1.5GHz cores.:roll:
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pr0n Inspector said:
8 über fast 1.5GHz cores.:roll:
even if it is going to be lower clocked cpu, don't forget that it is going to be brand new architecture. :)
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I'll take it :)

Four of 6128 (which run at 2Ghz BTW) + a board might come out under $2K if boards prices stay low. (current 4P boards are pretty cheap compared to a couple generations ago, $650-850)

32 cores to crunch with!
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Would it be possible to just put one CPU on the 4P board, and then add more later on?
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^ Maybe. The manual isn't out for the one I posted above, but the board Supermicro released for the 6-core Opterons last year had two SR5690 chips. One connected to the southbridge, some PCIe slots, while the other handled the rest of the PCIe slots. It only mentions that you need at least two CPU's to have full functionality. I'm reading that as you could have 1, but you wouldn't be able to use any slots or onboard devices that relied on the second CPU being there.
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