AMD 16-core Opteron ‘Warsaw’ already available for $663

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Although AMD’s new Opteron microprocessors code-named “Warsaw” have not been announced yet, select online stores are already taking pre-orders on the new chips. As it appears, the new multi-core central processing units s for high-end servers will not be too expensive, despite their improvements over existing products.

AMD Opteron 6300-series “Warsaw” processors designed for 2-way and 4-way servers with socket G34 are based on the “Piledriver” micro-architecture and in many ways resemble existing code-named “Abu Dhabi” chips. Just like current Opteron 6300-series, the new “Warsaw” chips carry 12-16 cores, 16MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR3 memory controller and so on. However, the new chips are expected to feature considerably improved performance-per-watt over today’s AMD Opteron 6300 family.

amd opteron 6300 g34 AMD 16 core Opteron ‘Warsaw’ already available for $663

AMD is projected to officially launch the new “Warsaw” processors later in the first quarter of 2014, but already today ShopBLT online store is offering to pre-order 12-core Opteron 6338 HE (99W TDP) for $421 and 16-core Opteron 6370 HE (99W TDP) for $663. At present the microprocessors are not in stock, but will likely become available shortly.

Exact specifications of the new processors are unknown, but since they belong to HE [high efficiency] family of Opteron processors, it is likely that the feature moderate clock-speeds in a bid to reduce power consumption, notes CPU-World.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

KitGuru Says: The new Opteron 6300-series “Warsaw” processors will hardly bring any breakthroughs, therefore, will not help AMD to boost its server market share. Still there is a good news too: since “Warsaw” closely resembles “Abu Dhabi” and is even made using the same 32nm SOI process technology at Globalfoundries, transition to the new design will likely happen quickly.

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