AMD to crank dual-core Opterons to 2.4GHz
EE Times is reporting that AMD will introduce dual-core Opteron 280 and 880 processors in the third quarter of this year. The new chips will run at 2.4GHz, matching the clock speed of AMD's fastest dual-core desktop processor, the Athlon 64 X2 4800+. Curiously, though, there's no mention of a 2.4GHz addition to the dual-core Opteron 100 family.
With AMD releasing dual-core Opteron 100-series chips in a 939-pin package, an Opteron 180 running at 2.4GHz would look an awful lot like an Athlon 64 X2 4800+. However, the Athlon 64 X2 family has only a single non-coherent HyperTransport link, while the Opteron 100 series has three non-coherent HT links. The extra HT links aren't necessary for desktop systems, but workstation/server chipsets like NVIDIA's latest nForce Pro take advantage of them by plugging multiple chipset components directly into the processor rather than relying on a chipset interconnect.