AMD boosts x86 processor performance for less power

Summary:AMD's five new processors offer 100 MHz of better performance over their predecessors without any increase in power.

AMD is rolling out a quintet of new processors that offer 100 MHz of better performance over their predecessors without any increase in power.

To welcome the new processors, AMD has worked with Hewlett-Packard and Dell to integrate the five Opteron processors on 11 new servers. With these releases, AMD is aiming to offer a more well-rounded yet powerful portfolio to its business customers.

Even more so, AMD Is touting that it the Opteron series demonstrates the best performance for the price of an x86 processor on the market to date.

Here's a quick rundown on the new AMD processors:

AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors

  • AMD Opteron 6284 SE: 16-core 2.7 GHz, 140 watts TDP, $1,265
  • AMD Opteron 6278: 16-core 2.4 GHz, 115 watts TDP, $989

AMD Opteron 4200 Series processors

  • AMD Opteron 4276 HE: 8-core 2.6 GHz, 65 watts TDP, $455
  • AMD Opteron 4240: 6-core 3.4 GHz, 95 watts TDP, $316
  • AMD Opteron 4230: 6-core 2.9 GHz, 65 watts TDP, $377

AMD has highlighted the implementation of the AMD Opteron 6200 Series on new HP ProLiant G8 servers as they're designed to handle scalability, virtualization, HPC and database workloads. Dell will also be refreshing several of its PowerEdge servers whit these Opteron processor choices.


Topics: Processors


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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