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AMD begins shipping "Magny-Cours" Opteron

By Jos
Feb 22, 2010
  1. AMD has revealed it's already started revenue shipments of its anticipated twelve-core AMD Opteron processors, code-named Magny-Cours. The company said that the shipments are limited and are intended to prepare for the launch of servers powered by the new chips later this quarter.

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  2. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    The name of this CPU is killing me. Not that it is especially important, but basically naming a cpu with a lot of cores "Many-Cores" is kind pathetic.
     
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    LOL...never thought about it until you pointed it out, technochicken.

    I'm still scratching my head why all the CPU makers are going for these mongo-core chips. Obviously they've hit a processing rate ceiling and are looking at other ways to make a chip faster. But there aren't but a handful of software apps that can utilize dual-core much less anything more than that. What the hell good is a 12-core chip if only two cores can be used due to software limitations?
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    I think i bought a six pack of Magny-cours last week
     
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,290   +239

    When you are talking about server CPUs, multi-core systems are much better utilized than in mainstream computing. They've been able to "dual-core" it before dual core even existed, back when you had to put 2 separate CPUs on a board to parallel process. These days, most server-specific apps are written to take advantage of multi-core hardware (even if it might only be smart division of processing loads as opposed to full-on parallel coding).

    And in server, clock speed don't necessarily have to be "impressive." Throughput optimization, efficient caching, and multi-thread handling tend to give the overall performance of the processor a boost, rather than the old "just throw more Hz at it" philosophy, which typically translates into higher heat generation / lower power efficiency. Power efficiency and low heat generation is where it's at, when you have rooms full of server stacks to contend with :) Less A/C = win!
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    okay, lets get this out of the way...ahem...

    holy s***, I want one of these! 12 x 2.4Ghz so I can have a 28.8Ghz processor!

    well someone was bound to say it. :p
     
  7. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    Even better than that, I think you can get server systems with up to 4 CPU sockets, for a total of 48 x 2.4Ghz of Opteron goodness!
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Good god man! thats 115.2 Ghz!
     
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