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AMD starts year, checks watch, hurries out Warsaw Opterons

Fresh 16-core bit fiddlers served up just in time for Open Compute summit

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Chip fiddler AMD has delivered two new Opteron chips for data centers keen on getting their mits on low-cost servers built to Facebook's "Open Compute" design.

AMD's new 16-core Opteron 6370P

AMD's new Opteron 6370P – 16 cores, no waiting (click to enlarge)

The new Opteron 6300 chips, code-named Warsaw, were announced by AMD on Wednesday, just in time for the kickoff of the Open Compute Summit in San Jose on February the 28th.

These bit-crunchers come with the new "Piledriver" core, which succeeds AMD's Bulldozer and provides various upgrades.

The 12-core 6338P has a frequency of 2.3GHz and a Turbo CORE frequency of 2.8GHz with a power draw of 99W, and its bigger sibling the 16-core 6370P has a frequency of 2GHz and goes up to 2.5GHz with Turbo CORE.

Both chips support quad channel unbuffered (much like typical RAM) or registered (more stable but with a slight speed penalty) DDR3 RAM, and also support ULV and LRDIMM memory.

"The Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are server CPUs optimized to deliver improved performance per-watt for virtualized private cloud deployments with less power and at lower cost points," said general manager of AMD's server business unit, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, in a canned statement.

"With the continued move to virtualized environments for more efficient server utilization, more and more workloads are limited by memory capacity and I/O bandwidth."

The new chips are available immediately through system integrators Penguin and Avnet at prices of $377 for the 6338P and $598 for the 6370P. ®

The 12- and 16-core 32nm chips are socket and software compatible with their predecessors in the Opteron 6300 series, AMD said. ®

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