AMD Low-Power Opteron HE CPUs Find Server Homes

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News Posted: Mon, Jan 26 2009 10:36 AM
We've certainly seen AMD's power-sipping Opteron CPUs find their way into big name servers before, but Advanced Micro Devices seems particularly proud of this launch. The Sunnyvale, California-based chip maker today proclaimed that five of its newest low-power 45nm quad-core Opteron HE processors were now widely available, with the whole lot aiming to "meet the industry's rising demand for low power, cost-saving data center technology."

All five of the CPUs operate at 55-watt ACP (Average CPU Power) and tout clock speeds between 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz. According to AMD, server platforms based on the Opteron HE CPU can offer "up to 20 percent lower idle power compared to similarly configured competing systems." As of now, the chips are ready for order in eight server systems from HP and a few systems from Rackable Systems; firms such as Dell and Sun are expected to join the festivities later this quarter.

If, for whatever reason, these five just aren't doing it for you, AMD has also made known that "even lower ACP processors" should be out in the second quarter of this year in order to tackle the "unique demands of cloud computing environments."

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Jan 26 2009 12:47 PM

This looks like a pretty smart move on their part. They're not going to out-muscle Intel on raw speed at the moment, but the timing couldn't be better (i.e. the economy) to promote cost savings through power efficiency.

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digitaldd replied on Fri, Jan 30 2009 2:16 PM

Doesn't Intel already have 50-65W Xeons to compete with these? i mean AMD will be the price leader most likely but i know I've read about some low power Xeons before.

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