AMD Ships 40W Six-core 'Istanbul' Opterons

Earlier this summer AMD shipped its six-core "Istanbul" Opteron server chip, which ran with 75W power envelopes.

Today AMD announced the immediate availability of a new six core Opteron 2419 EE processor that'll run with 40W ACP, which the chip maker says is "tailored to meet the demands of customers who need strong performance, but must trim out every watt possible in a server system and reduce the datacenter’s power draw."

The Opteron 2419 uses the same core as other more power hungry chips but finds its savings by dialing back the clock speed to 1.8 GHz.

"It's important for our industry to look at how technology is being used and where customers have emerging needs," said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Workstation Division. "The AMD Opteron EE processor enables OEMs to deliver energy-sipping servers that don't compromise on power management, virtualization or performance features. It is specifically designed to help address the challenges that are generating a great deal of discussion these days - building and running very dense data centers for Web services, while doing more with less."

AMD did point out that this processor is now available for $989, but might not be available off the shelf from larger system builders, meaning that those who want this power-conscious chip will have to make special custom orders.

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  • Anonymous
    Impulse: I suppose 6 cores fails to meet your needs, which I am sure are quite extraordinary, and can only be met by an 8-core, non-existant Core i7 chip. Some people might assume you're some punk 15y/o who plays games on a Pentium IV, but I'm sure that you're some brilliant IT worker with all sorts of crazy technical skill

  • IronRyan21
    I wonder when AMD will make a 6 core Phenom?
  • Anonymous
    40w? Slap that baby in a laptop, the prestige and bragging rights would be almost unbearable...
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  • Impulse Fire911
    seriously? why not just release 8 core already? way to milk more people for money but w/e cool i guess i'd only be intrested for like a 16 threaded 8 core nehalem EX ftw
  • IronRyan21
    I wonder when AMD will make a 6 core Phenom?
  • chaohsiangchen
    1. I think Tom's should start their own business computing benchmarking. Many of us are really interested in how those server chips run in real world applications. Not just web server, file server, banking, data base and/or online trading, but also as game server (yeah those pesky laggs) and probably security servers.

    2. AMD should be more specific on which types of application do need lower clock speed but more cores. I can imagine it is mostly around heavy virtualization.