Advanced Micro Devices has announced the availability of the new AMD Opteron microprocessors based on the code-named “Warsaw” design. The power efficiency and relatively new price of the new products are expected to help their popularity among server makers.
AMD Opteron 6338P (12 core) and 6370P (16 core) processors are optimized to handle the heavily virtualized workloads found in enterprise environments, including the more complex compute needs of data analysis, xSQL and traditional databases, at optimal performance per-watt, per-dollar.
The AMD Opteron 6300 “Warsaw” microprocessors are based on the Piledriver micro-architecture, just like their “Abu Dhabi” predecessors. The chips come in G34 (LGA1944) form-factor and feature four HyperTransport 6.4GT/s links to work with in in 2P or 4P server configurations. The new server CPUs are manufactured using 32nm SOI process technology by GlobalFoundries.
AMD Opteron “Warsaw” 6300-series microprocessors sport two six-core or eight-core dies to provide a total of 12 or 16 x86 x86 cores. The new microprocessors integrate 12MB or 16MB L2 cache, 16MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR3 memory controller (up to 1866MHz clock-rate is supported). The first two members of the new family – Opteron 6338P (12 core) and 6370P (16 core) processors – come with 99W thermal design power.
“With the continued move to virtualized environments for more efficient server utilization, more and more workloads are limited by memory capacity and I/O bandwidth. The Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are server CPUs optimized to deliver improved performance per-watt for virtualized private cloud deployments with less power and at lower cost points,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of server business unit at AMD.
AMD Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are available today through Penguin and Avnet system integrators and have been qualified for servers from Sugon and Supermicro at a starting price of $377 and $598, respectively.
Tags: AMD, Opteron, Piledriver, 32nm, Bulldozer
Comments currently: 10
Discussion started: 01/27/14 12:11:08 AM
Latest comment: 01/29/14 06:33:52 PM
Expand all threads
| Collapse all threads
These are just a small bump for the AMD server faithful and will not be profitable for AMD. AMD's future is in dense micro-servers where they should seize the market by the end of this year.
01/27/14 12:11:08 AM]
- collapse thread
I disagree with your premise the chips "will not be profitable".
32nm GF wafers today are old tech = cost competitive / dirt cheap.
From the stated specs in the article it would appear minimal R&D capital expenditure was required to 'create' these chips.
And with a selling price starting at $377 for an AMD CPU? That is significantly higher than any of their Desktop APU's (A8's & A10's...also 32nm GF) which we learned from their latest (Q4) earnings result, actually made them money!!
Whether AMD do make net income from the chips however at the end of day comes down to their supply management. As long as they only make as many chips as they can sell, they'll be in profit.
01/29/14 06:33:52 PM]
They will work nicely in a work-station with a pair of video cards in crossfire mode. This sort of setup would blow the socks off most high end gamers toy.
01/27/14 04:27:57 AM]
- collapse thread
um no. that is not what their designed for.
01/27/14 11:23:41 AM]
For these multi-threaded server workloads they would really have needed the Steamroller core with
1) it's considerably better multi-threaded ipc
2) higher transistor densities and lower power usage of the new 28nm process.
Putting the new slightly-lower-power, low-clock speed process only to desktop chips where single-thread performance is needed sounds really bad.
But it seems they lack the resources to design another chip with steamroller cores, so thay have to keep releasing rebrands of old chips.
01/27/14 06:37:46 AM]
- collapse thread
AMD was busy getting their Kaveri HSA APUs to the market, and they were also working with Mullins and Beema, they have to go where the money is first, and at least AMD has other sources of income besides GPUs! See how much Nvidia has to charge for its GPU SKUs, and GPUs make up a larger percentage of Nvidia's revenues, Nvidia needs to get its Targa K1 in lots of tablets, and with Nvidia's denver custom wide superscalar custop ARMv8 ISA based CPUs, maybe Nvidia can win more of the tablet, and chromebook market, and if Nvidia can match the performence of Apples A7 cores, with its Denver cores, Nvidia's graphics will easily beat the A7's integrated GPU. AMD is probably working on an steamroller based 16 core/8 module server CPU, and maybe once they begin production, AMD could harvest the steamroller dies with defective modules, and fuse off these steamroller bins into a desktop enthusiast SKU! AMD, Nvidia, and Intel, are all focusing their efforts towards mobile, beacuse highend gaming does not pay the bills, it is the low power laptop, tablet, and phone SKUs that will be/have been the big revinue makers that will keep AMD in the race in the new market place. Too many gamers are upset about AMD's leaving the highend desktop CPU race, but a late to the enthusiast CPU market AMD is Much better than no AMD at all, and Nvidia is not going to be able to lower the costs of its desktop GPUs, without the K1, and mobile Maxwell getting more of the mobile market. Intel has a wod of cash to buffer them during the current downturn, but even Intel is cutting back capacity in the wake of the downturn/changing market, and the ARM threat from Apple's A7, Nvidia's Denver, AMD (future ARM custom designs), Samsung, and Qualcomm, as well as the hords of other ARM ecosystem companies.
01/27/14 08:26:13 PM]
Just close already AMD OMGWTFLOLBBQ! You will never win lol lulz buz.
Sorry guys I couldn't resist to imitate the AMDtroll
01/27/14 12:05:08 PM]
Add your Comment
Enter your username and e-mail address. Password will be sent to you.