AMD Launches 8 and 12-Core Opteron CPUs

AMD announced Monday that its 8 and 12 core x86 Opteron 6000 Series "Magny-Cours" CPUs have been deployed to take over the 2P and value 4P server market. The latter processor doubles the number of cores in the previous-generation 6-core Opteron server chip, coughing up twice the processing level while providing an 88-percent increase in integer performance and a 119-percent increase in floating point performance.

"As AMD has done before, we are again redefining the server market based on current customer requirements," said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Divisions, AMD. "The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform signals a new era of server value, significantly disrupts today’s server economics and provides the performance-per-watt, value and consistency customers demand for their real-world data center workloads."

On an individual basis, the per-chip pricing will range from $455 to $1,386--the latter pricetag will be affixed to the 2.3 GHz 12-core Opteron 6176 LE. The only other processor in the 4-digit range will be the 12-core 2.2 GHz Opteron 6174, costing $1,165. For admins who want to stick with 8 cores, the 2.4 GHz Opteron 6136 will be the most expensive, costing $744.

The company said that vendors such as HP, Dell, Acer, Cray, and SGI will soon offer servers based on the two new Opteron 6000's.