The Opteron 6000 series CPUs addresses three key data center trends:
Virtualization - Support up to 48 cores in a 4P configuration as well as virtualization acceleration technology
Power management - Incorporates AMD-P suite of power management features, which minimize the usage of the whole CPU, of individual cores and even specific logic within each core based on current workload
Value - Twice the performance of the previous generation platform, double the cores, all at the same price point
The catch? Well, it's that upgrading to the Opteron 6000 series will mean whole-scale server replacements because directly upgrades of the servers isn't possible because the Opteron 6000 series use a G34 socket as opposed to the Socket F used on older Opteron processors. The G34 platform provides support for four DDR3 channels and up to four processor sockets.
Target: Enterprise Class 2-way and 4-way Servers
Twelve-core and Eight–core, L2 – 512K/core, L3 - 12MB of shared L3 Cache