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AMD Unveils Pricing, Performance for Opteron 6000 Series

Mar 29, 2010, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"AMD has formally released the "Magny-Cours" line of eight- and 12-core Opteron server processors, disclosing the speeds and feeds and promising performance-per-watt that beats Intel's newest Xeon.

"It's a competitive time in the server market, even as server sales have been fairly anemic. With one-third of servers deployed still using old, single-core processors, the market may be on the cusp of a major upgrade push. Not surprisingly, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) have responded by coming out with faster and more powerful multi-core processors to support virtualization and high-performance computing.

"The Opteron 6000 series, the formal name for Magny-Cours, puts two six-core "Istanbul" cores on one die and connects them with a high-speed HyperTransport connection. The eight-core design has four deactivated cores, just as AMD does when turning quad- into triple-core Phenom processors."

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