AMD's new Opteron processors target the cloud

AMD's Opteron 4300 chip delivers 15 percent better performance than predecessor

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

The 4300 chips have a base speed of between 2.2GHz and 3.1GHz, which can be accelerated to 3.8GHz for specific applications. The lowest-priced six-core Opteron 4334 is priced at US$191, while the most expensive is the eight-core Opteron 4376 HE, which is priced at $501. The prices depend on features in the chip.

The low-end Opteron 3300 chips provide enterprise-class features in a low power envelope "at a desktop processor price," AMD said in a statement. The three chips draw between 25 watts and 65 watts of power and have clock speeds of 1.9GHz and 2.6GHz, which can be cranked up to 3.6GHz in turbo mode. The chips are priced between $174 for the quad-core Opteron 3320 EE to $229 for the eight-core Opteron 3380.

The chips will support the Windows and Linux operating systems. AMD did not immediately comment on which servers will carry the new processors.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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