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Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) on Monday introduced five quad-core Opteron processors that the chipmaker described as energy-efficient.

The chips include three additions to AMD's 2300 series and two to the 8300 series. The new processors carry HE, which stands for highly efficient, with the model number.


The chips have an average CPU power of 55 watts and are designed for two-, four-, and eight-way rack servers and blades. The model numbers are the Opteron 8347 HE, 8346 HE, 2347 HE, 2346 HE, and 2344 HE.

"Our new quad-core AMD Opteron HE processors were designed to help datacenter managers who see power consumption and virtualization as the keys to solving their overall performance equation," said Randy Allen, corporate VP and general manager of AMD's server and workstation division, in a statement.
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I read this a bit earlier, the first thing that came to my mind was; Why didn't they list the speeds? I get the feeling that they are going to be a bit on the low side (1.6-1.8 any one?).

At least they are bringing some stuff out that can at least match Intel in terms of energy usage.
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Im glad to see AMD supporting themselves via their server-market. AMD has always been good at bringing the price/performance/power use war to the floor.
    
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I read this a bit earlier, the first thing that came to my mind was; Why didn't they list the speeds? I get the feeling that they are going to be a bit on the low side (1.6-1.8 any one?).
I was thinking that as well. However in a server environment where multi-threaded software is much more common, more cores are usually better than clock speed. These chips might be a home run when it comes to light databasing and such. But, who knows. Hopefully AMD will surprise us.
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I read this a bit earlier, the first thing that came to my mind was; Why didn't they list the speeds? I get the feeling that they are going to be a bit on the low side (1.6-1.8 any one?).

At least they are bringing some stuff out that can at least match Intel in terms of energy usage.
Did a final conclusion ever come out the energry usage comparision? Don't forget that Intel parts need to include energy usage of the Northbridge memory controller and extra power of FB-DIMM while AMD doesn't.
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Did a final conclusion ever come out the energry usage comparision? Don't forget that Intel parts need to include energy usage of the Northbridge memory controller and extra power of FB-DIMM while AMD doesn't.
Very true.

I don't think we will be able to compare power usage really effectively till Nehalem.

However with the power usage for the K10's, given their performance, I would have to say that Intel probably would win at the performance / watt game.
    
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