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:
Pleas throw a bone to pc gamers because bulldozer is a complete flop to us.
Side note: I'm glad that bulldozer still have some use in the market. :)
wow, fanboy much?
Yes bulldozer has some pluses but it still has a LOT of faults.
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.