updated 12:43 pm EST, Mon November 5, 2012
New processors up to 24-percent more efficient than predecessor
AMD has launched its new line of Opteron processors for servers. The Opteron 6300 Series have a claimed performance up to 24-percent higher than the Opteron 6200 processors that it replaces, and by using AMD's new Piledriver core, aims to lower the consumption of power, leading to cooler and cheaper servers.
The 6300 line has base frequency of 2.3GHz that ramps up to 3.5GHz, boosted to a maximum 3.8GHz in AMD Turbo CORE mode. A choice of core numbers are available, with options between quad-core and 16-core processors on offer. All have 16MB L3 cache, quad-HyperTransport links, up to four memory channels with up to 1866MHz memory, and can support up to 12 DIMMs per CPU and up to 384GB of memory per processor used.
The new line comes during AMD's second round of layoffs, where the chip manufacturer is set to lose 15 percent of its workforce in order to save $190 million in the next year.