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AMD Launches the AMD Opteron X-Series Family: the Industry’s Highest Performance Small Core x86 Server Processors

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Twice the Performance and More Power-Efficient than the Top Performing Intel® AtomTM Processor 

London, UK.-May 29, 2013-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled a new family of low power server processors: the AMD OpteronTM X-Series optimized for scale-out server architectures. The first AMD Opteron X-Series processors, formerly known as "Kyoto," are the highest density, most power-efficient small core x86 processors ever built[1]. The new X1150 and X2150 processors beat the top performing Intel Atom processor on key performance benchmarks2, including single thread and throughput performance with superior power-efficiency, twice the cores and L2 cache with a more advanced pipeline architecture, higher integration and support for up to 32 gigabytes of DRAM-4x more than the Intel Atom processor.

The AMD Opteron X-Series processors come in two variants.  The AMD Opteron X2150, which consumes as little as 11 watts, is the first server APU system-on-a-chip integrating CPU and GPU engines with a high-speed bus on a single die. This enables customers to take advantage of leading-edge AMD RadeonTM HD 8000 graphics technology for multimedia-oriented server workloads.  The AMD Opteron X1150, which consumes as little as 9 watts, is a CPU-only version optimised for general scale-out workloads.

"The data center is at an inflection point and requires a high number of cores in a dense form factor with integrated graphics, massive amounts of DRAM and unprecedented power efficiency to keep up with the pace of innovation of Internet services," said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit at AMD.  "AMD has a proud history of server innovation, and the AMD Opteron X-Series processors challenge the status quo by providing unmatched capabilities to drive the most energy-efficient servers in the industry."

The AMD Opteron X-Series processors are now the world's premier small-core x86 APUs and CPUs, ideal for next-generation scale-out web and cloud applications ranging from big data analytics to image processing, multimedia content delivery, and hosting.

"Fundamental changes in computing architectures are required to support space, power and cost demands organizations need to deliver compelling, new infrastructure economics," said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager, Hyperscale Server business segment, HP. "The new x86 AMD Opteron X-Series processors integrated into future HP Moonshot servers will continue to push the boundaries of power efficiency for social, mobile, cloud and big data workloads."

The AMD Opteron X-Series versus Intel Atom S1260

 

AMD

OpteronTM X-Series

Intel

Atom S1260

AMD Advantage

x86 CPU Cores

4

2

2X

GPU Cores

128 AMD RadeonTM HD 8000 Cores

None

AMD Only

Max. DRAM Per Socket

32 GB*

8 GB

4X

Max. DRAM Speed

DDR3-1600

DDR3-1333

1.2X

L2 Cache

2 MB

1 MB

2X

Throughput Performance

28.9 @ 2 GHz (CPU)

(est.)[2]

13.0 @ 2 GHz

2.2X

Single Thread Performance

10.0 @ 2 GHz (CPU)

(est.)2

5.2 @ 2 GHz

1.9X

Integrated SATA Ports

Yes

No

AMD Only

 

Key Facts, Performance and Technical Detail

CPU

  • 4 "Jaguar" 64-bit x86 cores

Frequency:

  • X1150 CPU - up to 2 GHz
  • X2150 APU - up to 1.9 GHz

Power Consumption:

  • X1150 - as low as 9 Watts
  • X2150 - as low as 11 Watts

Graphics (X2150 APU only)

  • 128 AMD RadeonTM HD 8000 cores
  • Graphics Core Next Architecture
  • Video encode/decode offload
  • Video compression offload

Memory Interface:

  • 64-bit DDR3 with ECC (up to 1600 MHz)
  • Up to 32 GBytes of DRAM (SODIMM & UDIMM)

Integrated I/O:

  • PCI-e® Gen 2 - 8 lanes
  • USB 2.0 - 8 ports
  • USB 3.0 - 2 ports
  • Video Interfaces - DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI®
  • Serial-ATA2/3 - 2 ports

Package

  • 24.5mm x 24.5mm FT3 BGA

Model

CPU Cores

CPU Configurable Frequency

GPU Cores

GPU Configurable Frequency

TDP Range

1KU Pricing

X1150

4

Up to 2.0GHz

N/A

N/A

9 - 17W

$64

X2150

4

Up to 1.9GHz

128

266  to 600MHz

11 - 22W

$99


 

 

 

 

The AMD Opteron X2150 APU and X1150 CPU are generally available now for a cost of $99 and $64, respectively, in 1K quantities. 

More information can be found on AMD's web site.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD's server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD's superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

[1] Based on AMD's small core OpteronTM processor Model X1150 vs. Intel® AtomTM Model S1260, Intel's highest performance small core processor. Highest density based on cores/rack.  Since Opteron X-Series has double the number of cores of Intel Atom S1200 series, it has the double the density among small core x86 processors.  Most power efficient small core x86 processor as measured by SPECint®_rate_base2006 estimates divided by TDP.

2SPEC and SPECint are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. The comparison presented reflects competing AMD and Intel 2.0GHz processors. Throughput performance estimates are based on SPECint®_rate_base2006 results using all four threads of each processor.  Single thread performance estimates are based on SPECint®_rate_base2006 results using one thread of each processor.  The results stated are estimates based on measurements in AMD labs as of May 2, 2013. For the latest SPECint®_rate_base2006 results, visit http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/.  Configuration information: 1 x AMD OpteronTM processor Model X1150 in "Olive Hill" Reference platform server, 8GB (2 x 4GB DDR3-1600) memory, Red Hat Enterprise Linux® Server Release 6.3 x86_64 OS, GCC 4.7.2 Compiler. 1 x Intel Xeon processor Model S1260 in Supermicro 5017A-EF server, 8GB (2 x 4GB DDR3-1333) memory, Red Hat Enterprise Linux®  Server Release 6.3 x86_64 OS, GCC 4.7.2 Compiler.

*Based on the capability of the Kyoto memory controller and expected 16GB DIMM availability.