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AMD Releases Interlagos Opterons With 16 Cores

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 73 comments

Bulldozer may find its well-suited home in the server and workstation market.

AMD today has put its Bulldozer processor technology to work with the immediate launch and availability of its Opteron 6200 and 4200 Series processors (formerly codenamed "Interlagos" and "Valencia").

The "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 series features 16 cores, or more accurately, eight dual-core units and four memory channels. The "Valencia" Opteron 4200 features eight cores, or four dual-core units, and two memory channels.

In its own comparisons against an Intel Xeon X5670-based system, the Opteron 6276 scored an 84 percent higher performance in Linpack. In Stream, the Opteron 6276 had 73 percent more memory bandwidth over the Xeon X5670. Overall, AMD makes a case that its new Bulldozer-based Opterons are offer more efficient economics for cloud-computing needs with half the power per core, requiring two-thirds less floor space and up to two-thirds lower platform price.

AMD also announced the expansion of its 2012 roadmap with the addition of the new Opteron 3000 Series platform. The Opteron 3000 Series platform is targeted to the ultra-dense, ultra-low power 1P Web Hosting/Web Serving and Microserver markets. The first processor will be the 4-8 core CPU code-named "Zurich", expected to ship in the first half of 2012. "Zurich" is based on the Bulldozer architecture and leverages the new Socket AM3+. The Opteron 3000 series offering is designed for hosting customers who require dedicated servers for their customers. These cloud and web hosting customers appreciate the cost savings associated with a lower cost infrastructure, yet still want to deploy a server-class product with reliability and security features and server OS certification.

Check out more on AMD's pitch for its new Opterons at its blog:

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    mayankleoboy1 , November 14, 2011 4:14 PM
    hoping that atleast this works for AMD
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    wintermint , November 14, 2011 4:03 PM
    Dear AMD,

    Pleas throw a bone to pc gamers because bulldozer is a complete flop to us.

    Thanks.

    Side note: I'm glad that bulldozer still have some use in the market. :) 
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    brizzelsprout , November 14, 2011 4:17 PM
    lenell86dear wintermint, stfu, bye, clueless moron


    wow, fanboy much?

    Yes bulldozer has some pluses but it still has a LOT of faults.
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    wintermint , November 14, 2011 4:03 PM
    Dear AMD,

    Pleas throw a bone to pc gamers because bulldozer is a complete flop to us.

    Thanks.

    Side note: I'm glad that bulldozer still have some use in the market. :) 
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    mayankleoboy1 , November 14, 2011 4:14 PM
    hoping that atleast this works for AMD
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    brizzelsprout , November 14, 2011 4:17 PM
    lenell86dear wintermint, stfu, bye, clueless moron


    wow, fanboy much?

    Yes bulldozer has some pluses but it still has a LOT of faults.
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    LongLiveRock1974 , November 14, 2011 4:18 PM
    But will it blend?
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    shqtth , November 14, 2011 4:18 PM
    They should be releasing 24 core / 32 core magny cours. As they already had 12 / 16 core cpus, even if it was two 6/8 core cpugs on one die.
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    shqtth , November 14, 2011 4:20 PM
    I would rather still use a magny cours cpu as it would be true cpu cores and not ones with screwed up fpu units
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    KelvinTy , November 14, 2011 4:21 PM
    illo@wintermint bulldozer competes with the 2500k, or intels top selling gamers processor. amd also supports a 100% unlocked cpu and has crazy OC ability. stop reading opinions and start reading facts.

    Please read the FX8150 oc review, the FX8150 doesn't oc very well under the same condition, as like, the 2500k. You might need to stock up on some facts.
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    ltdementhial , November 14, 2011 4:21 PM
    So 16 Core Bulldozer Cores are 84% better than 6 intel cores...well 6 core -12 threads...but how many "modular" cores are in the Bulldozer CPU?.

    it will be interesting to see Tom's Benchmarks and Server Architecture comparation...maybe we need an Bulldozer "10" core that can compete against i7 2600k
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    molo9000 , November 14, 2011 4:23 PM
    All very nice, but the Xeon X5670 is 20months old and Sandy Bridge Xeons are right around the corner.
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    shqtth , November 14, 2011 4:25 PM
    big reason why the bulldozer failed witht he FX line, is becuase they had a 6 core phenom processor, and the bulldozer only had a 4 module version. AMD should of came out with a 6 module version, that way it would of been on par with the 6 core phenom in terms of fpu power. As it stand the 8 core phenom is kind of on par with the 6 core phenom despire hte fact the FX is clocked faster.
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    shqtth , November 14, 2011 4:32 PM
    in a lot of areas the 8 core / 4 module be haved like 4 core phenom or flightly faster due the clock speed, and seldomly beat the 6 core phenom.

    You have to think the fx has a large l2 cache per cpu, where it should of been smaller, so the latency is higher, and since windows canmove a thread around of different cpus, latency is doubled as it has to copy cache to cache, and since the cache has higher larecy, the latency ends up being a big hit.


    I would of reducted l2 cache or make it shared per module helping the module out in latency.


    Also since the cache in the fx is inefficient, means the FX takes more penatly when a pipeline stall due to the longer pipeline. AMD thought they could throw more cache at the problem, but the more inefficient cache creates evena bigger problem when threads are mobed all over the place, creating even more stalls.
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    jdamon113 , November 14, 2011 4:35 PM
    here is one issue, intel has been in the lead for so long, It may be hard to consider the AMD as an options.
    I am an admin and one of the no brainers is no AMD in the server room. Our workstation are quad cores intel and video is quatro,
    I like AMD but I think this will be and up hill battle. AMD fanboys may jump quick but here is the world of IT , I would need a compelling case for the suggestion, and let me tell you, its never cost. If I am buying a Server, the suggestion better work with all know software we have.
    As for VM-ware this is not a good option becasue you are unable to use HF going from AMD to intel.
    So for esx this cant work unless they are building from the ground up.
    So AMD fanboys do not flex anything yet, AMD is far from being out of the woods. At leaset they can keep intel from Pricing these system in the stratosphere
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    hp79 , November 14, 2011 4:35 PM
    kelvintyLike Intel, what do you think about the i5-2500k and i7-2600k and the i7-2700k?the 2500k is more than enough to power all current-gen games and yet people chooses to the 2600k or 2700k for gaming. This is just preference.In the AMD side, there are 955BE, 1100T, FX8150.What do you think now? 955BE, up the multiplier and turns into 975BE, then they all perform extremely similar in games, just like in the intel match up.---------------------------------------------------------Please, just use your brain. It tells that up until a point of processing power, the limiting factor (bottle-neck) is or are the display card(s).You want your maximum performance? Same your budget on CPU and dump that on GPUs.


    Sure, AMD C-50 can play 1080p mkv files just fine. Why would anyone in their right mind buy intel's i7-2600k, right?
    I'm sure everyone only plays games on their desktop computers and have nothing better to do.

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    Hupiscratch , November 14, 2011 4:35 PM
    Just a side note, Interlagos is where the brazilian Formula 1 GP is held. It´s in São Paulo city.
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    de5_Roy , November 14, 2011 4:35 PM
    would love to see some server benches against xeons... and some real world general purpose benches e.g. gaming and transcoding on the side. :) 
    would also love to see amd rebadging lower end bd server cpus (may be valencia) as bd-ex or something (similar to what intel did during presscrap vs athlon days) and sell them to desktop enthusiast market against sb-e. fx's epic hilarious failure in desktop hurt customers - intel is selling overpriced cpus (i am looking at you, i7 3820!) claiming they're aimed at enthusiast segment.
    fanboys of both brands should take note that these are not zambezi (fx) cpus - these are valencia and interlagos cpus with features different from zambezi e.g. tdp capping so they should perform differently from fx. bulldozer is the name of a whole bunch of different cpus.
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