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AMD Ships 40W Six-core 'Istanbul' Opterons

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

This one runs in a 40W power band.

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 , August 31, 2009 8:14 PM
    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

    /sarcasm
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    IronRyan21 , August 31, 2009 7:56 PM
    I wonder when AMD will make a 6 core Phenom?
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    Anonymous , August 31, 2009 8:18 PM
    40w? Slap that baby in a laptop, the prestige and bragging rights would be almost unbearable...
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    IronRyan21 , August 31, 2009 7:56 PM
    I wonder when AMD will make a 6 core Phenom?
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    chaohsiangchen , August 31, 2009 8:01 PM
    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.
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    Zenthar , August 31, 2009 8:05 PM
    IronRyan21I wonder when AMD will make a 6 core Phenom?
    They will probably try as soon as possible since the Intel i9 are due Q1 of next year (I think).
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    Anonymous , August 31, 2009 8:14 PM
    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

    /sarcasm
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    megamanx00 , August 31, 2009 8:18 PM
    Uh, yay, I guess? The server market is where the margins are at and I guess this would be a high yield part so I suppose the price makes sense. Still, it's not very news worthy except perhaps to a certain niche of data center managers.
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    Anonymous , August 31, 2009 8:18 PM
    40w? Slap that baby in a laptop, the prestige and bragging rights would be almost unbearable...
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    bitage , August 31, 2009 8:34 PM
    AFAIK Skulltrail was a consumer platform, meant for the uber 1337 enthusiast with too much money. They're pretty expensive though, so I guess that's the reason it failed.

    Back OT: I too look forward for AMD to release some more inexpensive chips for the consumer market with more than 4 cores, although I can imagine more cores aren't really necessary *yet* for consumers.
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    jsloan , August 31, 2009 8:35 PM
    i wonder when amd will have an 8 core for consumer desktops

    the intel i7 920 hs 4 cores with ht which run 8 thread, it's amazing

    my amd 955 just cant keep up even with the overclocking...
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    Zenthar , August 31, 2009 8:43 PM
    bitageAFAIK Skulltrail was a consumer platform, meant for the uber 1337 enthusiast with too much money.
    I think you are both right, skulltrail was some kind of bastard children of both. Most of the board was actually server-ish, but they added SLI/XFire support to it. In the end, I think the "server-grade" FBDIMM memory it required killed most the the performance for gaming applications...
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    dark_lord69 , August 31, 2009 9:19 PM
    1.8 GHz? = LAME
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    Darkness Flame , August 31, 2009 9:30 PM
    Ok, so a 40W ACP is nice, but what's the TDP? You know, since ACP does not equal TDP, and the latter is more important when planning the cooling for your servers ...
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    Shadow703793 , August 31, 2009 9:31 PM
    impulsive411Impulse: 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/sarcasm

    8 cores really help in CFD.
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    Anonymous , August 31, 2009 9:43 PM
    dark_lord69: I think you missed the part about how this could be powered by a laptop battery. 6 cores at 1.8ghz at 40w is very, very good, but they also make Opterons in a 3.0ghz flavor for people like you. Does Intel, Sun, IBM, Via or anybody else make a 3.0ghz 6-core at 40w? Does Intel even have a 40w part that can compete?
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    mowston , August 31, 2009 10:12 PM
    Someone asked so: TDP is 60W. http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/15286/1/

    Intel has a couple at 60W TDP (Intel TDP is not the same as AMD TDP), and those are 4-core. It would be nice to see a match-up between Intel's low power and AMD's new low-power. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Xeon_microprocessors#.22Gainestown.22_.28low-voltage.2C_45_nm.29
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    falchard , August 31, 2009 10:13 PM
    There is no AMD 8 core proc. Its AMD 6 core then to AMD 12 core. Maybe they will make something new that will have 8 cores. Also does seem wierd its not a power of 2.
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    mowston , August 31, 2009 10:13 PM
    Oh yeah, and what about Intel's 65W 6-core Xeon? How does it compete against the newcomer?
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2009 12:11 AM
    Toms should do a cross generation shootout. say P4 @ 1.8 and all generations after at the same speed.
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2009 12:26 AM
    seems logical! Low power servers is important to companies!
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