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AMD has shown there is a little life left in its Bulldozer Opterons by bumping up the clock speed of five Opteron models.

AMD launched its Bulldozer Opteron processors last November amid widespread anticipation that its brand new Bulldozer architecture would once again make it competitive with Intel. Its new architecture failed to impress, but the company has managed to eek out another 100MHz from five Opteron processors in what is likely to be a last hurrah before Piledriver Opterons make their appearance.

AMD bumped up the clocks by 100MHz on the 16-core Opteron 6284 SE and Opteron 6278 to 2.7GHz and 2.4GHz, respectively, while keeping TDPs the same as before, at 140W and 115W, respectively. The firm gave four Opteron 4200 series chips the same 100MHz bump, including the eight-core Opteron 4276HE to 2.6GHz, the six-core Opteron 4240 to 3.4GHz and the Opteron 4230 to 2.9GHz.

AMD was keen to point out that its speed bumped Opteron chips have been picked by Dell and by HP for 11 of its servers. Although the firm has not been able to compete with Intel’s Xeon chips on performance, its chips are considerably cheaper, a fact that AMD is using to win customers.

Although AMD’s 100MHz speed bump isn’t going to set the world on fire, every little bit of performance will help the firm as Intel ploughs on with its hugely impressive Sandy Bridge E and Ivy Bridge Xeon chips. AMD’s answer to Intel’s latest Xeon chips is expected to be the Piledriver Opterons.

AMD told us that the speed bumped Bulldozer Opteron processors do not mean there are delays to the launch of Piledriver Opteron chips.

AMD’s Piledriver architecture made its debut in its Trinity accelerated processor unit, which the firm claimed was its most important product launch of the year. Whatever AMD might say, it needs to get Piledriver based Opteron in the market as soon as possible, a fair few months ahead of Intel’s launch of ‘high core count’ Ivy Bridge-based Xeon chips that support multi-processor configurations, because its performance per dollar claims will be challenged not just by Intel but also by ARM.

via The Inquirer


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