AMD outs new Opteron server chips for cloud app providers

The 4300 Series and 3300 Series processors are based on AMD's Piledriver architecture and, according to the chipmaker, are ideal for cloud providers, web hosts and SMBs.

AMD has revealed a new lineup of Opteron chips, aimed mostly at providers of cloud-based applications.

There are nine new Opteron 4300 Series and 3300 Series processors in the new batch. Pricing starts at $125 (£78), so AMD is pitching them as offering "enterprise-class features in a low power envelope at a desktop processor price".

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The chips are based on AMD's Piledriver architecture , so they are socket-compatible with processors based on the company's last-generation Bulldozer architecture. This means that they can be a drop-in replacement, and also that server manufacturers can use them in existing designs.

"The Piledriver core architecture shared by the AMD Opteron 4300 and 3300 Series processors provides optimised performance, power and price for today's customer," AMD server unit manager Suresh Gopalakrishnan said in a statement. "These new processors are ideal for cloud providers, web hosts and small- and medium-sized businesses who want to address their space and power constraints."

AMD claimed in its statement that the 4300 Series processors had up to 15-percent better performance than their Bulldozer-based 4200 Series predecessors, along with an "up to 24-percent" boost in performance-per-watt.

The 4300 Series processors go up to 3.4GHz base frequency, although they can reach 3.8GHz in bursts. The 3300 Series chips can also hit 3.8GHz when the application demands it, although the base frequencies there top out at 2.8GHz.

AMD also pointed out that the 4300 Series chips were the only x86 processors out there that could support ultra-low voltage 1.25V memory.

Supermicro already has servers out using the new processors, and Dell and others should follow soon.


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