AMD Launched 16-core Opteron Server Processors


AMD has launched its first ever 16-core Opteron server processors with improved efficiency and performance. This latest server chip presents an advanced 25 per cent more cores compared to the Opteron 6100 CPUs.  On the performance side, it is 25-30  per cent faster than its predecessor. They also launched 4200 8-core Series processors, which are code-named “Valencia.”

This release comes with a package of five exclusive models pricing at $523 to $1019. It is already confirmed that Dell, HP, Acer and Cray will be selling products based on this new chip. The new entrant Opteron 6200 processors includes high-end models such as 6262 HE, 6272, 6274, 6276 and 6282 SE which operate at clock rates ranging between 1.6GHz and 2.6GHz.

This 16-core Opteron chip  is compatible with the existing server sockets and makes it easier to upgrade from the old 12-core chips. The power draw is really unbelievable as it starts at a low 85 watts and goes up to a maximum of 140 watts. The power consumption is just between 5-8 watts per core.

The new Opteron processor is based on the Bulldozer architecture enabling 16 processor cores for high-speed computing. The series is aimed at high performance servers meant for advanced functions. It contains two unique processor dies with eight cores in a piece to make it a 16-core even number CPU in a single shell.

Opteron Server Processors

Even though the first-line reviews of   Bulldozer architecture-based chips were disappointing, the manufacturers are hoping that it will be able to compete with the Xeon processors offered by Intel. The Opteron 4200 server chip which was earlier launched by AMD was specifically aimed at applications that demand low-power consumption. It was ideal for dual-CPU systems with powerful 8 cores. The major rival Intel announced the arrival of a new server chip in 2012 which is code named as ‘Zurich’ .

16-Core Opteron Features

Each integer unit of the processor has four pipelines, and two floating-point processors in each each floating-point unit.

  • Greater performance (89 percent)  
  • Processor portfolio which scales from 4- to 16-cores
  • Lower cost per virtual machine
  • Power efficiency (4.375W per core)
  •  better performance on Virtualization, key cloud and HPC workloads (Up to 24 percent-84 percent)
  • Highest and efficient 2P server TPCC score
  • Up to 4 memory channels (up to 1600 MHz memory)
  • x86 processor, ultra-low voltage support (1.25v memory)
  • Up to 12 DIMMs per CPU (for up to 384GB memory per CPU)
  • Up to Four x16 Hyper Transport technology (HT3) Links at up to 6.4GT/s per link


Together, all these advanced features offers unparalleled performance, reliability and efficiency for highly threaded workloads like cloud, HPC, virtualization, database and especially, the emerging web trends.