AMD releases six-core Opteron processor

AMD has announced the availability of the world's first six-core server processor, with Direct Connect Architecture, code-named "Istanbul". AMD claims these new processors will deliver up to 34% more performance per watt, and will be available beginning this month from leading OEMs including Cray, Dell, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems. HE, SE and EE versions of the new processor are planned for the second half of 2009.

"Based on close collaboration with our customers, we believe there is a clear value shift changing the economics of the server market. The new Six-Core AMD Opteron processor meets the increasing need for a combination of low total cost of ownership, superior performance-per-watt and scalability. Simply put, Six-Core AMD Opteron processors deliver top-line performance that's bottom-line efficient.", said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Workstation Business, AMD.

Additional feature of the new six-core processor include:

  • HyperTransport Technology Assist, which reduces cache probe traffic between processors, which can result in faster queries and increased performance for database, virtualization, and compute intensive applications.
  • HyperTransport 3.0 Technology, increases interconnect rate from 2GT/s to 4.8GT/s.
  • Integrated DDR2 DRAM Memory Controller, incorporates Memory RAS for increased fault tolerance to reduce system downtime and increase system reliability.
  • Independent Dynamic Core Technology, allows each core to vary its frequency, based on the specific needs of the application.
    This allows for more precise power management to reduce energy consumption.
  • AMD CoolCore Technology, evaluates which parts of the system are needed to support currently running applications and can cut power to unused transistor areas to reduce power consumption and lower heat generation.
  • AMD Smart Fetch Technology, allows inactive cores to write contents of their L1 and L2 caches to the shared L3 cache and allow the inactive cores to enter a "halt" state and draw less power, reducing CPU power consumption.

Below is a video demonstrating the performance of this new processor:

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Marshalus said,
AMD pushes the envelope on a lot of things, I shutter to think where the processor world would be with out them.

Itanium... uuuuggggghhhh.


This is one reason why I suggest if you don't need the high end performance of the i7, people should consider purchasing AMD processors to help support that innovation and to help keep competition alive.

lol that just poor atempt .

intel is bring forth octo core Nehalem with HT Xeon

just few more month.

and i bet Xeon 5500 would still kick opty ass

Anaron said,
I honestly thought Intel would be the first to put hex-core CPUs on the market. Damn, AMD is on a roll: world's first hex-core CPU and world's first DX11 GPU.

It doesn't necessarily mean that they'll come out on top. AMD's multi-core CPUs are always outperformed by Intel's CPUs; even in some cases the last-gen Intels beat the current-gen AMDs! I'm expecting more of the same.

Intel's six core xeon processors have already been out since last year, and later this year they're releasing eight core xeons.

Intel may have a processor that has six cores, but my understanding is it's more like three, dual core processors on the same die... where as AMD is a "true" six core processor.

Marshalus said,
Intel may have a processor that has six cores, but my understanding is it's more like three, dual core processors on the same die... where as AMD is a "true" six core processor.

true.

and AMD chip would cost alot less . my bet (btw intel hexa-core Xeon processors cost like 2000$+ a chip)


Marshalus said,
Intel may have a processor that has six cores, but my understanding is it's more like three, dual core processors on the same die... where as AMD is a "true" six core processor.

Yes, Intel's sixcore is going to be an ugly hack job once again, probably three dualcores bungled together.
Amd will have a true sixcore and cost quite a bit less at the same time, thus giving a much better price/performance ratio.

Single digit cores? That's so yesterday.

Introducing the Hive core, containing 28 integrated core processors. Intel, I know you're reading and you like it, gimme money for the name.

soonerproud said,

This is one reason why I suggest if you don't need the high end performance of the i7, people should consider purchasing AMD processors to help support that innovation and to help keep competition alive.

Yeah and I could also shoot myself in the foot before a marathon to help people in wheelchairs. No thanks I rather have 8 cores running at 4 ghz than 12 at 2 and still double the speed.

Yep, that's the cool part. The thermal envelope isn't changed and the platform isn't changed. I wonder when they'll introduce a six-core AMD Phenom processor.

Marshalus said,
My guess is... soon.

Yep why not hire more workers for the same job. So when was the last time you needed 6 cores. You barely making 2 work. And its not like programs going to use all six anytime soon.

The actual press release said,
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the world̢۪s first six-core server processor with Direct Connect Architecture for two-, four- and eight-socket servers

So what this means is that this is the first 6-core cpu w/ this technology, not the world's first 6-core cpu. You may want to edit the article...

I love Intel fanbois. They always want to tout how they were first. wasn't it just recently that, Intel started putting the memory controller on the die? damn, AMD had several iterations on the market before they did.

intel fanboi: I got my toy first..hahahaha!
AMD Fanboi: been there, done that and got the t-shirt!

ChrisJ1968 said,
I love Intel fanbois. They always want to tout how they were first. wasn't it just recently that, Intel started putting the memory controller on the die? damn, AMD had several iterations on the market before they did.

Uh, surely it's nothing to do with "fanbois", but actually facts?

no,no do not misunderstand. anytime AMD comes out with something, Intel'lites scream AMD sucks this...and that. If it weren't for AMD, there would be no competition and what would we pay for our intel PC's then?

I think new AMD processor's are great. I'm still on a moneymoon with the CDD 45nm on my desktop, an awesome cpu for overclock, but the Phenom's a good ratio price/quality (it remembers me of the Athlon XP) and the Opteron platform is, imho, a great choice. At work, a smal company, we bought our first Opteron server back in 2005; now we have 3 virtualization servers with the Opteron core and they're rock stable and quite fast for our needs (although the fujitsu-siemens one always had, imo, a disappointing mobo).

Obviously the ultimate question'll be: can I play Crysis 2 on it? (couldn't resist, sorry)

The only thing I don't like about AMD processors is that they will run hot. If you compare the Opteron to the i7...AMD's temperatures run at around 45-50C. And that temperature is when it's idle.

AMD needs to work on their internal cooling a little more.

The thing is though the i7 is just a thing of beauty... i would love to see some benchmarks against it.

My overclocked E6600 @ 3.4Ghz gets the same results on Sandra as some quad core AMD's.

Sad really, i use to only buy AMD. Then C2D came..

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