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AMD Launches Socket F and AM2 Opterons

AMD's new Socket F-based Opteron processor.

AMD’s new Socket F-based Opteron processor.

The new Socket F has 1207 pins.

The new Socket F has 1207 pins.

Die-shot of the new Opteron processor. The Socket F and AM2 Opterons are available only as dual-core processors.

Die-shot of the new Opteron processor. The Socket F and AM2 Opterons are available only as dual-core processors.

The preceding Opteron generation used the Socket 939.

The preceding Opteron generation used the Socket 939.

The new Opterons for 1-way systems use the 940-pin Socket AM2, which was previously introduced for Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2 and Athlon 64 FX processors.

The new Opterons for 1-way systems use the 940-pin Socket AM2, which was previously introduced for Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2 and Athlon 64 FX processors.

AMD's Socket AM2.

AMD’s Socket AM2.

The competition: Intel's Woodcrest (Xeon 5100 series) processor.

The competition : Intel’s Woodcrest (Xeon 5100 series) processor.

Woodcrest represents the server component of the Core lineup announced by Intel: Conroe was recently announced as the Core 2 Duo E-series for desktop computers; Merom will soon be shipping as Core 2 Duo T-series for notebooks.

Woodcrest represents the server component of the Core lineup announced by Intel : Conroe was recently announced as the Core 2 Duo E-series for desktop computers ; Merom will soon be shipping as Core 2 Duo T-series for notebooks.

Intel's quad-core plans for the server/workstation segment.

Intel’s quad-core plans for the server/workstation segment.

AMD claims that its quad-core, which will be released most likely more than half a year after Intel's "dual-Woodcrest" processor "Clovertown", will consume substantially less power than its rival.

AMD claims that its quad-core, which will be released most likely more than half a year after Intel’s "dual-Woodcrest" processor "Clovertown", will consume substantially less power than its rival.

Overview of all new Socket F and AM2 Opteron processors.

Overview of all new Socket F and AM2 Opteron processors.