AMD has announced the first of its server chips codenamed Warsaw, extending its 16-core Opteron 6300 series of processors with improved performance per watt for data centre workloads.
Available immediately, the new 12-core Opteron 6338P and 16-core Opteron 6370P are aimed at two-socket and four-socket servers, and are optimised to handle the most heavily virtualised workloads found in enterprise environments. This will include meeting the complex compute needs of data analysis and traditional databases, AMD said.
The two new chips are still based on the Piledriver cores used in the existing Opteron 6300 line, but have design changes to make them more cost effective and consume less power.
"The Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are server CPUs optimised to deliver improved performance per-watt for virtualised private cloud deployments with less power and at lower cost points," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, vice president and general manager for AMD's Server Business Unit.
Both chips are 99W parts that are fully socket and software-compatible with the existing AMD Opteron 6300 series processors.
The Opteron 6338P is clocked at a base frequency of 2.3GHz, rising to 2.8GHz with AMD's Turbo core technology, while the Opteron 6370P has a base frequency of 2GHz and Turbo frequency of 2.5GHz.
Both the Opteron 6338P and 6370P are available through system integrators at starting prices of $377 and $598, respectively.
Later this year, AMD is expected to introduce its server chips codenamed Berlin and Seattle. Berlin will include the firm's first server APU, combining CPU cores with AMD's GPU technology, while Seattle will be AMD's first ARM-based server chip.
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