HP readies quad-core Opteron server

— 6:00 AM on April 1, 2008

We reported last Friday that AMD finally started shipping quad-core Opterons based on its new B3 silicon. AMD had halted shipments when the previous B2 silicon's TLB erratum came to light, so the arrival of B3 Opterons also meant the long-awaited arrival of quad-core Opteron servers.

TG Daily has word that HP has wasted no time in rolling out a new AMD quad-core system. According to the news site, HP has announced a new, quad-core Opteron-based member of its ProLiant DL160 server series. The new DL165 G5 server is already up on HP's website, and it comes with a choice of either 2.1GHz Opteron 2352 or 2.3GHz Opteron 2356 CPUs. Pricing starts at $1,479 for a single-processor 2.1GHz machine with a single 80GB hard drive and 1GB of registered DDR2-667 memory, but buyers can customize the machine with up to two processors, 32GB of RAM, four 500GB hard drives, 10Gbit Ethernet PCI Express adapters, and more.

HP quotes an estimated ship date of April 14 for the new ProLiant DL165 G5. That ship date is right within the April time frame AMD quoted for B3 Opteron-based system shipments from both major PC vendors and smaller system builders.

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