updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon August 31, 2009
AMD outs new Opteron CPU
Chipmaker AMD on Monday announced it has released the six-core AMD Opteron EE processor with increased performance, but the same 40W ACP power band as the existing quad-core models. The 1.8GHz launch model is designed for 2U servers and supports all the hardware features of full-power Opterons, such as AMD-V virtualization of other operating systems in hardware as well as newer power management features. AMD estimates that a full server rack of the new part would use 18 percent less power than the earlier six-core Opteron 2425HE.
The new AMD chip is available now, priced at $989 in large batches. While expensive, the new Opteron uses DDR2 memory, which is significantly less expensive than DDR3 memory. AMD hasn't named specific customers but often finds Opterons in systems from HP and other larger PC builders.