AMD turns it up to 12

AMD turns it up to 12

AMD has finally lifted the lid on its long awaited update to the Opteron series of server processors. Dubbed the Opteron 6100 series, these include the first 12 core processors on the market thanks to some interesting technological tricks.

Key to understanding this is the massive 1944pin socket used by the 6100 series. This is needed due to the fact that the processors essentially consist of two CPUs sitting together on the same package. These CPUs communicate with each other using HyperTransport 3.0 links, which have been tweaked from previous generations to improve communication between CPUs.

In less relentlessly techie terms this means that the Opteron 6100 series is faster and cheaper than before. In fact, price performance is the mantra being used by AMD for this launch.

A big part of this is the removal of what it calls the '4p tax' thanks to the introduction of new HyperTransport links inside the CPUs. By this it means that all of these new CPUs will work in four processor systems - historically these kind of CPUs have cost more than dual processor ones.

With Intel due to launch its Nehalem Ex based Xeon processors soon the server processor market is set to heat up.

These new Opterons will be coming in servers from HP, Acer, Dell, Cray, SGI and others.

 

See more about:  amd  |  opteron  |  6100  |  server  |  cpu  |  business
 
 
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Why I'm looking at tape again for storage
17 Oct 2014
Jon Honeyball discovers that tape is still the medium of choice for mass storage needs.
My Passport Wireless: share files between everyone regardless of their device
17 Oct 2014
Need an external hard drive? This Western Digital My Passport Wireless can share files across ...
Product Brief: Seagate Business Storage 4-bay NAS
24 Sep 2014
Not everyone needs a high-end, business-grade NAS at home. But for those that do, this Seagate ...
It's time to start planning your Windows Server 2003 replacement
24 Sep 2014
Have an IT advisor? Start working with them on a plan for this, if you haven't already.
Constantly rushing to the printer to stop other people seeing your printouts?
24 Sep 2014
Lexmark's latest family of small-business printers include a feature that lets you stop anyone ...

Latest Comments

Latest Poll

What PC component are you planning to upgrade in the next six months










Ads by Google

From our Partners

PC & Tech Authority Downloads