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AMD outs 12 and 16 core additions to Opteron processor series

Built to handle heavily virtualised workloads in the enterprise
Wed Jan 22 2014, 11:35
AMD Opteron CPU

CHIP DESIGNER AMD launched its "Warsaw" 12 and 16-core additions to its Opteron 6300 processors today, which are designed for enterprise workloads.

Featuring the "Piledriver" core, the 12-core 6338P and 16-core 6370P processors are built to handle heavily virtualised workloads in the enterprise, such the complex compute needs of data analysis, xSQL and traditional databases "at optimal performance per-watt, per-dollar".

While the 12-core model has a maximum turbo clock frequency of 2.8GHz, the 16-core model offers a maximum turbo clock frequency of 2.5GHz, with both having thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 99W and memory support for up to quad channel DDR3-1600.

AMD said the processors are also socket and software compatible with texisting Opteron 6300 series processors.

"With the continued move to virtualised environments for more efficient server utilization, more and more workloads are limited by memory capacity and I/O bandwidth," said AMD VP of the server business unit Suresh Gopalakrishnan.

"The Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are server CPUs optimized to deliver improved performance per-watt for virtualised private cloud deployments with less power and at lower cost points."

The updated AMD Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are available in the US from today, with prices starting from $377 and $598, respectively. We've requested UK availability and pricing information from AMD.

AMD's launch of the 12 and 16-core Opteron processors comes just a week after the chip designer launched its long-awaited fourth generation Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) Kaveri. µ


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