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AMD Targets Web Hosts With New Opteron 3200 Series

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

AMD's new platform is targeting hosting companies and cloud computing environments.

AMD's new platform is targeting hosting companies and cloud computing environments.

On Tuesday AMD announced the launch of the new Opteron 3200 series processor, the latest entry in the company's ongoing Web/Cloud initiative. The new low-power, single-socket chip is targeting dedicated 1P Web hosting/Web server customers who are seeking enterprise-class reliability and server functionality while retaining the low cost of desktop economics.

"Available in either 4- or 8-core CPUs, the AMD Opteron 3200 Series processor is shipping today in platforms from MSI, Tyan, Fujitsu and Dell," the company said. "Based on the 'Bulldozer' core, the AMD Opteron 3000 Series platform leverages Socket AM3+ and provides customers with the cost savings associated with a 'desktop-like' infrastructure, yet still offers server-class reliability, enterprise-class silicon validation/testing, security features and server OS certification."

AMD says the new platform offers a great value, with up to 38-percent better price performance and up to 19-percent less power per core  than the competition. It provides ECC memory and server reliability features at a low price-point, and efficient economics for the Cloud with twice the core density per rack. Hosting fees can even cover hardware costs in as few as 7 months, up to 14-percent quicker than with the competition.

The company also provided a general list of platforms highlights including:

* 45W to 65W TDP
* 2.7 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz frequency using AMD Turbo CORE technology
* 4- and 8-core options
* 2 DDR3 memory channels supporting ECC UDIMM
* 1333, 1600, 1866 MHz memory speed
* Supports 1.5V, 2Rank
* Up to 32 GB memory capacity
* Supports up to 2 DIMMs per memory channel
* Total Cache: 16 MB for 8-core, 8 MB for 4-core
* L2 Cache: up to 8 MB total
* L3 Cache: up to 8 MB total

"In today’s economic environment, dedicated hosting providers need their data centers to become profit centers faster than ever," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Commercial Business, AMD. "With the new AMD Opteron 3000 Series platform, Web and Cloud customers no longer have to compromise with desktop-class platforms in order to hit certain price points. Now they have all the benefits of a true server-class product at desktop-class price points. This helps rapidly-growing hosting customers achieve fast payback in their incredibly dense, power-efficient environments."

Currently AMD is offering three processors ranging in price from $99 to $229. By comparison, Intel chips start at $189, thus AMD is giving hosting companies and cloud computing environments a new cheaper option without losing performance or enterprise-class server features.

Kevin Parrish is a contributing editor and writer for Tom's Hardware,Tom's Games and Tom's Guide. He's also a graphic artist, CAD operator and network administrator.