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AMD Opteron 6300 - Up to 16 cores of Piledriver

by Alistair Lowe on 5 November 2012, 09:27

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Around this time last year, AMD released its Bulldozer architecture into the server market in the form of the 6200 and 4200 series, where it claimed superior efficiency and costing against Intel's comparative Xeon cores. Though benchmarks of Bulldozer failed to impress in the consumer market, the chip performs quite well when it comes to heavy multitasking workloads and has been AMD's pride and joy in the server segment.

AMD Opteron 6300 Piledriver

It goes without saying then, that the firm would want to introduce its enhanced-Bulldozer AKA Piledriver architecture as-soon-as possible, as the new design builds upon the capabilities of Bulldozer, whilst offering superior power efficiency and performance.

AMD has begun by releasing the Piledriver-based 6300 series, a slot-in replacement for the 6200 series.

Model Number Core Count Core Speed All-Core Turbo Max Turbo TDP 1KU Pricing
6386SE 16 2.8GHz 3.2GHz 3.5GHz 140W $1,392
6380 16 2.5GHz 2.8GHz 3.5GHz 115W $1,086
6378 16 2.4GHz 2.7GHz 3.3GHz 115W $867
6376 16 2.3GHz 2.6GHz 3.2GHz 115W $703
6348 12 2.8GHz 3.1GHz 3.4GHz 115W $575
6344 12 2.6GHz 2.9GHz 3.2GHz 115W $415
6328 8 3.2GHz 3.5GHz 3.8GHz 115W $575
6320 8 2.8GHz 3.1GHz 3.3GHz 115W $293
6306 4 3.5GHz N/A N/A 115W $501
6366 HE 16 1.8GHz 2.3GHz 3.1GHz 85W $575

Last generation, AMD's frontrunner at launch was the Opteron 6282 SE, also with 16 cores and with a TDP of 140W, however clock speeds were at 2.6GHz with a maximum turbo of 3.3GHz. Since then, the 6284 SE has hit the market, offering 2.7GHz within the same TDP and so, frequency-wise, the 6300-series is a marginal step forwards, though the Piledriver architecture also delivers more per Hertz performance.

This time around AMD is claiming a performance boost of up to 24 per cent over the previous generation, with an overall efficiency improvement of 40 per cent when benchmarked alongside Bulldozer. Whilst Intel has heated-up competition in the high-end server market, AMD remains cost competitive, however, will it be enough to maintain or perhaps even grow its market share?



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Sometimes server processors drive me nuts. Any IT department ordering server parts would just use commodity FX chips with SAS PCI raid controllers. Charging 1k for a processor is so silly.
Zanny
... Any IT department ordering server parts would just use commodity FX chips with SAS PCI raid controllers. ...

How many FX processors can you put in one motherboard? There's more to these chips than just being standard FX dies on a different substrate.
Zanny
Sometimes server processors drive me nuts. Any IT department ordering server parts would just use commodity FX chips with SAS PCI raid controllers. Charging 1k for a processor is so silly.


Errrm no. And there is a 16 core chip there for $703, that's £440 + VAT (and in business VAT is often forgettable in the costing). There are no 16 core FX chips, and £440 isn't much more per core/MHz than an FX.

Most IT departments will buy servers from HP, Dell, IBM or Fujitsu etc because they need the warranty cover and for production equipment and the 24x7 SLA on part replacements. These systems are rarely ATX standard, you can't get FX CPUs in kits with a 1U passive cooler, they're not validated to be covered by warranty, use different sockets, don't support ECC buffered RAM etc etc etc

Sure if you're building some dev box you could knock it together using an FX, desktop mobo and plain RAM, but you'd be chancing it for a production system. I wouldn't run anything I needed uptime on like that.

There are many things above cost in the priority list. A few hundred quid is likely peanuts compared to the salaries of the staff whose time would be wasted during downtime.
It's a shame socket G34 and C32 boards are so expensive :( Also, that 16 core 3000 series PD Opterons probably won't happen due to the limitations of socket AM3+.