Sunday, November 2nd 2008

AMD Shanghai Hits Stores

"Shanghai" is the codename for the soon to be released quad-core enterprise processors by AMD, under the Quad-Core Opteron brand. It was expected of the company, to come up with these processors around this time of the year, and they have. AMD hasn't officially announced these processors yet, but the processors have made for early listings in some popular online stores. PC Connection and Buy.com have made listings of some of the upcoming SKUs. The Opteron 837x, 838x series are anything but cheap. These are processors that support multi-socket setups up to eight sockets. The Opteron 238x series processors are the dual-socket supportive variant of the same processors.
From the listings, the pricing of these processors looks like:

AMD Opteron 83xx series:
  • Opteron 8380 (2.50 GHz) - $1,768
  • Opteron 8382 (2.60 GHz) - $2,177
  • Opteron 8378 (2.40 GHz) - $1,360
AMD Opteron 23xx series:
  • Opteron 2380 (2.50 GHz) - $814
  • Opteron 2382 (2.60 GHz) - $1,019
According to industrial sources, AMD is expected to officially announce the chips on 13th of November. The company looks to be very optimistic about the market-reception of these processors, as enterprise processors have become a flagship product for the company.Source: CNET
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42 Comments on AMD Shanghai Hits Stores

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
newconroer said:
Wow, so that's all we gotta do to get some noteriety and adoration from BT?

Big up for internet fame!
Yup, fame that's earned. Do something worthwhile/constructive to have people appreciate you. Pretty simple.
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#2
panchoman
Sold my stars!
8 sockets? holy crap.. that'd be a 32 cored server :O
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#3
[I.R.A]_FBi
whena re teh 6 core bits coming out, or thats intel?
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#4
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
btarunr said:
You can accomplish something the scale of what 4x Opteron 8xxx achieve with F@H (SMP) using a single GeForce GTX 280 (CUDA).
not if you have multiple 8xxx CPU's which was what i was refering to
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#5
zithe
HighEndToys said:
Yep, it is me, I run hang around here from time to time. TPU is a chill place and there aren't a lot of know it all 15 year olds running around dropping their unimformed knowledge to the masses.
Hey that's 16. ;)

XD
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#6
PCpraiser100
Hmmm, I think this will handle Crysis I dunno.....
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
FreedomEclipse said:
not if you have multiple 8xxx CPU's which was what i was refering to
That's what I'm referring to as well 4x quad-core chips.

PCpraiser100 said:
Hmmm, I think this will handle Crysis I dunno.....
A Core 2 Duo E8400 is almost on-par with a Core 2 Extreme QX9650 at Crysis. This 16-core setup won't benefit Crysis at all.
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#8
HighEndToys
Crysis can barely use two core much less four or sixteen. The truth is that for 98% of people two cores is all you need. Ask any game developer, they will tell you that the language for this stuff isn't even close yet. Carmack talked about it at Quakecon and said we are years away.
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#9
eidairaman1
beyond that these chips are aimed at servers anyway, if you want a Server Chip, 2 Options- Server Motherboard or a Opteron 1 way CPU.
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#10
HighEndToys
I would have to disagree with that statement. Workstations play a significant role in the market. To be honest a statment like that could only come from someone who has never used the full capacity of their dual or quad core system. Not that I use my "duallys" to their fullest 99% of the time, it is nice when editing down family videos and other processor intensive applications (that can take advantage of them). For businesses where time is truly money these systems can reel target completion dates in and allow the company to offer a faster service to their customers.
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#11
eidairaman1
what i was getting at is server is a general term for multi CPU configs, meaning it also includes "WorkStations"
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#12
mdm-adph
HighEndToys said:
Crysis can barely use two core much less four or sixteen. The truth is that for 98% of people two cores is all you need. Ask any game developer, they will tell you that the language for this stuff isn't even close yet. Carmack talked about it at Quakecon and said we are years away.
Yep -- that's the reason why I haven't bothered to upgrade to a quad-core Phenom, even though I could. A dual-core will be more than enough for years.
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#14
NinkobEi
why are the chips so expensive? just because they can network with each other on the same motherboard well? surely they arent much more powerful than a q6600, albeit made of higher quality materials...
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#15
HighEndToys
Why is a Ducati so much money, a Ferrari, Windows?

Because people will pay it.

Actually the official word sounds something more like, because of the extensive amount of R&D and product testing that is involved.
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#16
NinkobEi
HighEndToys said:
Why is a Ducati so much money, a Ferrari, Windows?

Becasue people will pay it.
in the computer world that doesnt make much sense...the goal is generally best performance for the least dollar ammount..after all, no one who accesses your website will see your server's processor
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#17
HighEndToys
Good point but our low cost desktop processors are priced lower because these are priced so much higher. Intel does the same thing with their Xeon processors. Honesly, do you think any of these are any different than our desktop procs? It is my opinion that they are all made the same and features are turned off and not the other way around. <----I get in trouble every time I say that.

This is the way it has been for a long time. Think of it as the Obama Way to processor "spread the wealth". If you are a company and you make XXXXXXX amount of Dollars you are going to pay more.
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