AMD Launches First Two Opteron “Warsaw” Processors

AMD Introduces New Energy-Efficient Server Chips

by Anton Shilov
01/22/2014 | 11:59 PM

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.