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Monday, August 31, 2009

AMD Releases Six Core Chip

AMD released the extremely energy efficient version of its six core Opteron server processor as part of AMD's ongoing ramp of Istanbul class products, continuing its recent pattern of following on new mainstream server chips with low power specialty parts. At 40 watts, the new release draws the lowest power within AMD's next generation family of six core processors code named Istanbul.

The 2419 EE delivers 30 percent better performance per watt than AMD's quad-core Opteron 2384, a 2.7GHz, 75-watt processor released as part of the chip maker's previous generation of server chips code-named Shanghai.

Key specs for the six core 2419 EE include a combined 128 KB of L1 cache per core, 512 KB of L2 cache per core and a total of 6 MB of L3 cache. The new six core processor is designed for dual socket servers and workstations, slotting into AMD's socket F.

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