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AMD gooses Opteron to 3 gigahertz

Advanced Micro Devices has begun quietly selling new 3GHz versions of its dual-core Opteron server processor, the 2222 SE and 8222 SE, which feature higher performance but consume up to 120 watts compared to 95 watts for conventional 2.8GHz Opterons and 68 watts for 2.6GHz high-efficiency models. The 2222 SE, for dual-processor systems, costs $873 in quantities of 1,000, while the 8222 SE, for systems with four or eight processors, costs $2,149 for quantities of 1,000. For comparison, the 2.8GHz 2220 SE and 8220 SE cost $698 and $1,514 in that quantity. AMD spokesman Phil Hughes confirmed that the company has begun shipping the new chips but said that the company will officially launch the products Monday.

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