AMD Opteron AMD has been getting pounded in the past few quarters, having its market share ever thinned at the hands of Intel. The company is now ready to turn things around once with the official release of its new models from the Opteron series – Opteron 6200 and 4200 Series processors, formerly code-named “Interlagos” and “Valencia.”

Allegedelly, these new chips will offer a considerable jump in performance, compared to previous AMD models, and more importantly, than their current main competation, Intel’s Xeon lineup.

Both Opteron models will ship in various performance configurations, from 4 to 16 cores, offering up to 73% more memory bandwidth. An important advance in the line is the new chips’ power consumption efficiency, as well as their smaller dimensions. Typically, the new Opterons require 2/3 less floor space and up to 2/3 lower platform price.

“The reality of the world is that most mainstream business markets purchase middle-range processors, rather than the highest-end, priciest chips available,” Lewis said.

“Opteron offers more performance at a more reasonable price than Intel. Plus, AMD actually carries a consistent set of features across products lines, and doesn’t ‘de-feature’ processors going down the stack. As such, we feel that Interlagos and Valencia are well positioned to provide an optimal performance metric at a very good price point.”

Here’s an overview of the specs for the new 

Opteron 6200 and 4200 Series.

  • The only x86 processor to support ultra-low voltage 1.25v memory.
  • Up to 24% to 84% better performance on key cloud, virtualization and HPC workloads.
  • Lower cost per virtual machine (VM).
  • Up to 4 memory channels with up to 1600 MHz memory.
  • Supports up to 12 DIMMs per CPU for up to 384GB memory per CPU.
  • Up to four x16 HyperTransport technology (HT3) Links at up to 6.4GT/s per link.

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