AMD is unveiling a new low-power version of its six-core “Istanbul” Opteron processor for servers which debuted in June
. Complementing its 55, 75 and 105W variants, the Opteron 2419 EE
rounds out the lineup with an ACP rating of just 40W and is aimed at two-socket servers for dense computing and virtualization environments where price/performance per watt is key.
The new Opteron EE has the same Istanbul silicon as the rest of the 2400 series, but it runs at a slower 1.8GHz. The processor still boasts 6MB of L3 cache, the same HyperTransport speed, and the same virtualization features, though; so for customers who have power constraints it comes as a good alternative while still providing superior performance than comparable quad-core Opterons.
The new 45nm CPU has been designed for Socket F (1207)-compatible platforms, it is expected to cost $989 in 1000-unit tray quantities, and should end up competing with Intel's 60W Nehalem-based quad-core Xeons.