Monday, April 2, 2012

AMD unveils new chip for Web hosting

The Opteron 3200 Series processor is said to offer better performance while using less power.

by Rachel King March 19, 2012 10:01 PM PDT

The Opteron 3200.

(Credit: AMD)

Advanced Micro Devices is hoping to please Web-hosting providers with a new platform for single socket, dedicated hosting.

The idea is to offer growing businesses more scalability with denser and more power-efficient environments. Customers should also have a seamless, "desktop-like" experience and infrastructure with server-class reliability and security.

Specifically, the new AMD Opteron 3200 Series processor is touted to offer a more efficient bang per buck as the enterprise-class platform is said to offer up to 60 percent better performance per dollar and use up to 19 percent less power per core.

The Opteron 3200 Series also falls in line with AMD's cloud strategy as these chips are also supposed to boast twice the core density per rack.

Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD's Commercial Business unit, promised in prepared remarks that customers will have "all the benefits of a true server-class product at desktop-class price points.

Here's a rundown on some of the key specs:


  • 45W to 65W TDP
  • 2.7 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz frequency using AMD Turbo CORE technology
  • 2 DDR3 memory channels supporting ECC UDIMM
  • 1333, 1600, 1866 MHz memory speedvi
  • Supports 1.5V, 2Rank
  • Up to 32GB memory capacity
  • Supports up to 2 DIMMs per memory channel
  • Total Cache: 16MB for 8-core, 8MB for 4-core
  • L2 Cache: up to 8MB total
  • L3 Cache: up to 8MB total

    Available in either 4- or 8-core CPUs, the AMD Opteron 3200 Series processor is available starting today, integrated on platforms from MSI, Tyan, Fujitsu and Dell, including the Fujitsu 3000 Series MX130 server pictured below.

    This item first appeared on ZDNet's Between the Lines blog under the headline "AMD intros new chip for web hosting providers."

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