AMD Releases 6-Core Istanbul Ahead of Schedule

AMD’s ‘Istanbul’ Opteron CPUs are now shipping ahead of schedule. AMD claims the processor will produce 34 percent more performance than the existing "Shanghai" quad-core processor at the same power requirements.

Originally, the 45-nm Istanbul had been scheduled to ship later in the year, but AMD president and CEO Dirk Meyer said that the company decided to "pull in" the timetable.

The  six-core server processor integrates with two-, four- and eight-socket servers using AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture

AMD said that systems based on the six-core Opteron processors are expected to be available beginning this month from Cray, Dell, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems. HE, SE and EE versions are planned for the second half of 2009.

AMD listed the following as key features of its latest Opteron:

  • Six true cores
  • HyperTransport Technology Assist (HT Assist)
  • Increased HT3 bandwidth
  • AMD-P power management technologies
  • AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology
  • Same power/thermal ranges as Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors

So, what’s next for the Opteron? Look out for 12 cores in 2010 and an even more impressive 16 cores by 2011.

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  • ohim
    TindytimAdding 33.3% more cores increases the performance by 34%? WOW!I'm seriously wondering if they didn't just pull that number out of their asses based on the number of cores, or if they did any extensive testing.

    i wonder if you did some extensive search on their claims or you just pulled your comment out of your ass ?
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  • mirkos
    Having a 4 core processor and udgrade it to 6-core is a 50% upgrade not 33%. So we have a boost of 50% more cores and 34% boost in performance. Correct me if I'' wrong! Nevertheless it seems to be a very good product that will press more the cost for the 4 core processor
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  • Tindytim
    Quote:
    AMD claims the processor will produce 34 percent more performance than the existing "Shanghai" quad-core processor

    Adding 33.3% more cores increases the performance by 34%? WOW!

    I'm seriously wondering if they didn't just pull that number out of their asses based on the number of cores, or if they did any extensive testing.
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  • ohim
    TindytimAdding 33.3% more cores increases the performance by 34%? WOW!I'm seriously wondering if they didn't just pull that number out of their asses based on the number of cores, or if they did any extensive testing.

    i wonder if you did some extensive search on their claims or you just pulled your comment out of your ass ?
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  • apmyhr
    TindytimAdding 33.3% more cores increases the performance by 34%? WOW!I'm seriously wondering if they didn't just pull that number out of their asses based on the number of cores, or if they did any extensive testing.

    Very good point. Both are 45nm, so how can they add 2 cores and keep the same TDP while adding more than the theoretical possible of 33.3% performance?
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