AMD sees record demand for Opteron processors

By Justin Mann on July 6, 2006, 9:47 PM
In a press release issued today, AMD announced some amazing figures when it came to processor sales. With a massive 52% increase in sales for 2Q 06 as compared to 2Q 05, AMD cited the Opteron as the key component in these numbers. While slightly down from earlier this year, AMD has continued to see increased demand for the Opteron, both dual and single core variants, while slightly decreased demand for desktop and mobile processors.

This is encouraging for AMD in the server market, who still has an uphill battle versus Intel to show the world that the Opteron can be a better fit than the Xeon. Of course, no one expects Intel to sit back and do nothing about this.




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mirob said:
I wonder how much of this is just enthusiasts buying the 939 Opterons for desktops. That just makes their numbers useless for server market calculations.
nic said:
Dont servers use socket 940?
Supra said:
[b]Originally posted by mirob:[/b][quote]I wonder how much of this is just enthusiasts buying the 939 Opterons for desktops. That just makes their numbers useless for server market calculations.[/quote]I'm one of those enthusiasts. I researched and bought an Opteron 146 for its 1MB L2 cache and higher overclockability than any Athlon 64.
DragonMaster said:
They'll see that with AM2, the sales will fall down.
Xavien said:
actually for the server market, single core processors dont really matter.Where the AM2 platform really comes into play is dual socket, dual core opteron platforms and higher, with current and probably future intel chips, there are serious bandwidth bottlenecks since the cores go through the FSB which quite frankly is much slower then the hyper fast HTT links connected to the cores and sockets.The DDR2 adds additional bandwidth to an already plentiful bandwidth platform, plus the more bandwidth you have the more power you have on quad core platforms and higher. Once AMD comes out with a dual core revision (probably K8L) to take advantage of that bandwidth you'll find that Intel will once again have a considerable competitor on its hands, maybe even be able to take the performance crown again.
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