Posted By John Rath On March 30, 2010 @ 7:41 am In Blades | 2 Comments
AMD announced the availability of the Opteron 6000 Series  platform Monday, featuring the world’s first 8- and 12-core x86 processor. The new series addresses workload-specific performance and power efficiency, while delivering more cores and more memory for less money.
In AMD’s constant battle with rival Intel, the battlefield focuses on quantity vs. speed. While individual cores from Intel are faster, the recently released 5600 series Intel processor maxed out at 6 cores, while AMD offers 12 core processors. AnandTech makes the nice comparison, calling Intel a Porsche, and AMD an American muscle car. Late last year Intel agreed to pay AMD $1.25 billion to settle a lawsuit over unfair sales tactics by Intel.
When it comes to pricing, the AMD core count may refocus corporate IT from focusing on raw speed. Twelve cores, accompanied with virtualization will allow businesses to consolidate more applications to a single server. Additionally AMD has removed the ’4P tax’, since the same processors can be used in both 2 processor and 4 processor designs, and 4 processor capable processors are now the same price as 2 processor capable processors.
AMD says a number of benchmarks highlight the 6000 series, including a 119 percent increase in floating point performance, 33 percent more memory channels per processor than competitive 2 processor solutions and 50 percent higher DIMM memory capacity compared to previous generations.
Refocusing to just two product lines, AMD will release the Opteron 6100 series for the high end performance-per-watt market, and the Opteron 4100 series for the energy efficient and cost optimized market in 2010. AMD also launched a server platform, code named Maranello, moving up to support four DDR3 memory channels.
The product launch  for the Opteron 6000 series included a number of blog entries, a Flickr gallery of photos and numerous videos. Several hardware vendors showed their support of AMD with individual announcements:
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 Image: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/amd-6000.jpg
 Opteron 6000 Series: http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/amd-sets-the-new-standard-29mar2010.aspx
 AnandTech : http://it.anandtech.com/IT/showdoc.aspx?i=3784
 product launch: http://blogs.amd.com/work/amd-opteron%E2%84%A2-6000-series-platform-press-kit/
 announced : http://www.sgi.com/company_info/newsroom/press_releases/2010/march/amd.html
 have a long history: http://blogs.amd.com/work/2010/03/28/a-long-history-of-collaboration-2/
 Jaguar Cray XT5: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/the-top-five-supercomputers-illustrated/
 announced : http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/acer-and-amd-relationship-2010mar29.aspx
 launched : http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2010/100329xb.html
 announced : http://blogs.amd.com/work/2010/03/28/bringing-more-cores-to-bear-on-virtualization/
 John Rath: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/johnr/
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