“Flawless execution in bringing the 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor to market early results in new performance leadership on x86 servers,” said Randy Allen, senior vice president, Computing Solutions Group, AMD. “In concert with our OEM and solution provider partners, AMD is addressing the need for enterprises to focus on their bottom line while giving them the innovations they need to build for the future. This enhanced AMD Opteron processor represents the most dramatic performance and performance-per-watt increases for AMD products since the introduction of the world’s first x86 dual-core processors by AMD nearly four years ago. Simply put, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor is the right technology at the right time.”
Performance Leadership that Addresses Urgent Business Requirements Today
Data center managers are facing escalating pressures from the computing demands of enterprise workloads, like web serving and database applications, and the need to do more with less in the current IT spending climate. Emerging technologies such as cloud computing and virtualization, which has posted 60 percent year over year growth2 in the second quarter of this year, are being rapidly deployed but require a balanced solution. The latest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors further enhance AMD’s unique Direct Connect Architecture and offer a superior balanced and scalable solution to support today’s increasingly heterogeneous computing environments.
Unsurpassed Virtualization Performance
Through improvements to AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture and innovative AMD-Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) technology, 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors build on AMD’s legacy as the virtualization platform of choice, with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor already powering nine global OEM servers specifically designed for virtualization. The new processors deliver faster “world switch” time, which enhances virtual machine efficiency, and feature improved Rapid Virtualization Indexing, AMD’s innovation in AMD-V that reduces the overhead associated with software virtualization.
The enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor delivers some of the most dramatic performance and performance-per-watt gains ever between AMD Opteron processor generations through the following:
Already offering industry-leading x86 server processor performance-per-watt, 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors draw up to 35 percent less power at idle compared to the previous generation while delivering up to 35 percent more performance, and feature a number of new power-saving technologies. AMD Smart Fetch technology can help reduce power consumption by allowing cores to enter a “halt” state during processing idle times with zero impact on application performance and compliments AMD CoolCore™ technology, which reduces power to unused sections of each processor to further reduce power consumption.
In similarly configured platforms, the enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron
75W processor-based platform offers up to a 30 percent performance to
power ratio advantage over the 50W processor-based competitive platform.
For these platforms, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron Model 2380
processor-based platform only used 138W at Active Idle compared to the
Quad-Core Intel processor-based platform using 179W at Active Idle. The
Quad-Core AMD Opteron Model 2380 processor-based platform had a SPECpower _ ssj ™ 2008
overall 761 ssj _ ops/Watt, (308,089 ssj _ ops
@ 100% target load). The Quad-Core Intel processor-based platform had a
SPECpower _ ssj ™ 2008
result of 561 overall ssj _ ops/Watt (267,804
ssj _ ops @ 100% target load). 3