AMD grabs for the data centre with low-power server chip
Pushes thermal envelope
AMD today launched low power quad-core Opteron processors for the x86 server market, once again playing catch-up with Intel.
The chip maker said that the high efficiency (HE) processors have a thermal envelope of 55 watts. That compares to the company’s other quad-core server chips that clock higher thermal envelopes of 105 watts or 75 watts.
AMD is punting the new processor as a data centre manager's dream chip. The firm’s server and workstation veep Randy Allen reckons virtualisation and power consumption represent “keys to solving their overall performance equation”.
The chips are available in both the 2300 and 8300 series for two-, four- and eight-way rack servers and blades.
Rival Intel pipped AMD to the post in March this year when it announced energy-efficient quad-core Xeon L5400 series which it claimed was up to 25 per cent faster than its preceding chips while keeping power consumption at a 50-watt thermal envelope.
Today's debutantes give AMD's frustrated customers something more to chew on while they sit around waiting for the six core processors it has promised for next year, and the 12 core beast it says it will ship in 2010.
No word yet on which server vendors will be supporting AMD's new low-power chips, however.
Last week Dell lined up behind AMD, when it announced a pair of new Opteron-powered boxes, including the six months late virtualization special R805. ®
AS general usage server rather than scientific research involve massive calculation's, any server more than 8 cores is a waste as in Desktop PC, since the applications and OS are origin written for mono or Duo, the excess cores have no extra house power. What we really need is work on the speed beyond 10 Ghz limits, Due core is more than sufficient with low power 10+ ghz cpu
AMD improving non-HE power specs?
Your article says: "The chip maker said that the high efficiency (HE) processors have a thermal envelope of 55 watts. That compares to the company’s other quad-core server chips that clock higher thermal envelopes of 105 watts or 75 watts."
Is that really correct? Is that a quote from the AMD release? If so then that "105W or 75W" statement is pretty significant news in itself because I thought the existing Barcelona (Phenom X4) CPUs were 125W (e.g. the 9850) or 95W (e.g. the 9650) and of course there's the 9750 wierdness where the retail version is rated at 125W and the OEM version at 95W.
Have AMD really reduced the power requirements on the non-HE lineup as well?
Re: And the cost will be...
Given the impact on the electricity bill, that higher cost may well be acceptable... and I'll plant a few shrubberies just for good measure.