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Advanced Micro Devices has introduced its new single-socket server platform based on Bulldozer micro-architecture and aimed at cloud and hosting service providers. The new platform is projected to be affordable, yet power-efficient and support all the enterprise-class features. Initially, the new Opteron 3200-series family will include four- and eight-core options.

“In today’s economic environment, dedicated hosting providers need their data centers to become profit centers faster than ever. [...] Now they have all the benefits of a true server-class product at desktop-class price points. This helps rapidly-growing hosting customers achieve fast payback in their incredibly dense, power-efficient environments,” said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager of commercial business at AMD. 

The AMD Opteron 3000-series platform is targeted to the dense, power efficient 1P web hosting/web server market. Available in either 4- or 8-core CPUs with 45W or 65W thermal design power, the AMD Opteron 3200-series processor (2.70GHz base frequency, 3.70GHz Turbo Core frequency) is shipping in platforms from MSI, Tyan, Fujitsu and Dell. The new chips support dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers supporting ECC UDIMM with 1333MHz, 1600MHz or 1866MHz memory speed.

Based on the “Bulldozer” core, the AMD Opteron 3000-series platform leverages Socket AM3+ and provides customers with the cost savings associated with a “desktop-like” infrastructure, yet still offers server-class reliability, enterprise-class silicon validation/testing, security features and server OS certification.

According to AMD, the new Opteron 3200-series delivers up to 38% better price performance and up to 19% less power per core  than comparable Intel Xeon E3-1200L-series platforms.

Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Opteron, 32nm

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"According to AMD, the new Opteron 3200-series delivers up to 38% better price performance and up to 19% less power per core than comparable Intel Xeon E3-1200L-series platforms."

I'm calling BS on this. The SB architecture is at least a year more advanced than BD. So a claim that "our chip is better" from AMD sounds like they cherry picked one benchmark.
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They said it is better in price/performance chart, when you build a server you don't just go for the raw power without caring about the cost per Ghz.

Also it is pretty important how much this power cost to you in terms of electricity usage.

Don't just judge from a gaming rig prospective.
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